German families, small firms increase natural gas use
(MENAFN) German families and small companies increased their natural gas use by 14.5 percent above the five-year average in the week from September 19 to 25, as said by Germany’s energy manager, the Federal Network Agency.
The private sector shows around 40 percent of gas use in Germany, mostly using gas for heating.
The rise accorded with 2022’s first cold snap, with temperatures in northwest Europe decreasing under the 30-year average. On the other hand, in agreement with the manager, “the savings required to avoid a gas shortage must be achieved independently of temperatures.”
The Federal Network Agency added that a decrease in use of more than 20 percent is needed to prevent a gas lack in the next months.
“The gas consumption of households and businesses in the last week was well above the average consumption of previous years. This week's figures are therefore very sobering. Without significant savings in the private sector, too, it will be difficult to avoid a gas shortage in winter,” Klaus Muller, chief of the Federal Network Agency, stated, remarking on the information.
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