If usage is not cut by at least 20% this winter, Germany may experience gas shortages, the Federal Network Agency said. And last week, use increased 10%, worrying experts. Germany’s energy authority, the Federal Network Agency, issued a stark warning to the nation’s residents and businesses on Thursday, warning that failure to drastically reduce use might result in the start of a power “emergency.”
According to Federal Network Agency President Klaus Müller, “We will hardly be able to escape a gas disaster in the winter without at least 20% savings in the private, commercial, and industrial sectors.” If we don’t cut back on our gas consumption drastically, the situation could get really bad.
Gas and Electricity Consumption Rises in Germany.
According to Müller, gas use increased last week, which prompted his worries about a possible shortage. If the trend is not sharply reverse. 10% more than average household consumption is now being consume.
Müller claims that during the week ending September 26, the average residential and small business electricity usage in Germany was 618 gigawatts. Which is 10% more than it was for the years 2018–2021. He said that industrial consumption was up 2%. (1,370 gigawatts).
Families and small companies overall consume around 40% of German gas. With the remaining 60% being account for by industry.
Germany has been badly affect by Russia’s decision to stop supplying gas to Europe as retribution for European sanctions on Moscow for its invasion of the adjacent Ukraine, just as its neighbours.
Russia had been the primary gas supplier to Europe before the war. In an effort to prevent power and heating disruptions over the upcoming months, the EU is now highly reliant on Norway and actively negotiating contracts with alternative suppliers.
Experts caution that even if strategic inventories are over 90% full. They might not be enough to get the continent through the winter if consumption is not drastically cut.