Tuesday, 26 September 2023 02:47 GMT

Germans prompted to reduce their fuel usage by 20%

(MENAFN) According to Klaus Mueller, head of Germany's federal regulator for gas and power networks, Germans should reduce their energy consumption by at least 20% to prevent gas shortages this coming winter.

“Consumers have to save at least 20% – so much more than before… 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,” the Federal Network Agency chief said in an interview released on Saturday.

In order to prevent shortages, Mueller recommended that Germany reduce its gas exports to its neighbors by 20% and import 10 to 15 gigawatt-hours of gas.

“If we don’t save a lot and don’t get any additional gas, we’ll have a problem,” Mueller asserted.

His comments come at a time when Russia's Gazprom has reduced gas flows to Germany through the Nord Stream pipeline to 20 percent, citing technical problems and a turbine that the company has recently been unable to obtain from Canada after repairs due to sanctions related to the Ukraine. Mueller previously stated that Russia could take advantage of the turbine problem to completely cut off Germany's gas supply, so it is imperative for the nation to conserve as much gas as possible.


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