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German firms scramble for generators amid collapse crisis fears

Medium and large companies have reportedly rushed to buy power generators, fearing the country will see parts of its national grid collapse.

Companies responsible for selling electricity generators in Germany would see their business explode, with many companies fearing there could be widespread power outages or even a partial grid collapse across Germany this winter.

It comes after a senior official in Germany recently warned the country must now ‘assume’ there will be severe power outages over the next few months and plan for them accordingly.

Despite attempts by the authorities to rescind this warning almost as soon as it was issued, it appears that assurances from various parts of the German federal government failed to convince many companies, with The Spiegel signaling that the country is now indeed experiencing a run on power generators.

According to the newspaper, a company spokesperson for engine maker Rolls Royce described business this year as extremely good for the company, with its entire 2023 stock of generators nearly depleted in the first half of the year. 2022, and many companies would be afraid of seeing their electronic equipment fail.

“Wait times for units are currently six to twelve months,” the spokesperson reportedly said, noting that “data traffic is increasing in almost every industry” and that “medium-sized businesses like large companies” want to secure their digital networks in the event of a power outage.

Germany’s rapid purchase of power generators appears to betray a lack of corporate trust in their government, with the surge in demand occurring despite repeated public assurances from various officials and politicians that the situation is likely under control.

Such a lack of confidence is, however, understandable given the frequency with which this message is undermined by the words and actions of a number of senior officials in the country.

Perhaps the most notable of these warnings came from the head of the Federal Office for Civil Protection, Ralph Tiesler, who said earlier this month that the situation was serious enough that Germany must now “assume “that power outages will occur.

“The risk of it increasing from January and February,” he said, apparently referring to fears that Germany will eventually run out of gas by the end of February. “…we therefore assume that from then on there will be interruptions in the power supply for some time.”

Almost immediately after it was reported that Tiesler had made this claim, his own Civil Defense office came out to countersign, stating that the chance that Germany would see network disruption is ultimately “low” despite the multitude of warnings from the head of the office. like many other officials.

Such a claim has undoubtedly been a tough sell in the country, which has seen some of its most elite law enforcement agencies begin to prepare for a possible network collapse in some metropolitan areas such as Berlin.

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