Bundesnetzagentur: People need to save a lot more energy

Gas will be scarce in winter. Even in the best-case scenario, you have to save a lot of energy, warns Bundesnetzagentur boss Müller. Left Party leader Martin Schirdewan has already announced that the federal government will protest against this “social indifference policy” – the fall will be “hot”.

According to the Federal Network Agency, people in Germany should save significantly more energy in order to avert a gas shortage in winter. The head of the authorities, Klaus Müller, revealed that the current reduction in Russian gas supplies to just 20 percent of the original volume means that the shortage can only be prevented in two best-case scenarios. Mueller said that world on Sunday:

“For these scenarios, however, consumers must save at least 20 percent – that is, much more than before. […] In all other scenarios, there is already a risk of a gas shortage in December or we will have low storage levels at the end of the coming heating period.”

In addition to savings, the transmission of gas to neighboring countries would also have to be reduced by 20 percent. Therefore, you need ten to 15 gigawatt hours of gas from other countries. “If we don’t save a lot and don’t get any additional gas, we’ll have a problem,” added Müller. In the event of a gas shortage, private households are not protected from prescribed restrictions. It is also conceivable to only allow individual rooms to be heated. He emphasized:

“But I want to make it clear: In order to secure jobs, I consider austerity measures for private households to be legitimate, as long as they do not affect the protected, vital area.”

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Gas surcharge from October: additional costs of up to 1,000 euros per household

Müller did not rule out longer operating times for nuclear power plants. There are challenges in supplying the coal-fired power plants with coal and a special situation in France, where one is dependent on German electricity. “We are also concerned that many people are buying electric fan heaters,” said Müller. That is “an incredibly expensive idea, because even with the currently astronomically high gas prices, it is still 50 percent more expensive to heat with electricity than with gas.”

With a view to the necessary savings, the energy politicians of the SPD parliamentary group are calling for an energy summit in the chancellery and an energy saving pact by citizens, companies and the state. Nina Scheer, energy policy spokeswoman for the parliamentary group, says:

“In an energy saving pact, it is important to save as much energy as possible in solidarity.”

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Federal Network Agency: Monthly payments for gas will triple

Group Vice Matthias Miersch said that daily mirrorChancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) should make the topic of saving energy a “top priority”.

Linke boss Martin Schirdewan criticized the “renunciation rhetoric” of Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). He asks in the Rheinische Post:

“But energy consumption in private is reduced to cooking, showering and heating. Where should people save – in personal hygiene, in hot meals?”

He emphasized:

“The federal government can be prepared that we will counter its policy of social indifference with a hot autumn of protest.”

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