Germany’s gas grid regulator BNetzA has asked households and businesses to cut back on heating as the country tries to conserve supplies during the energy crisis, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
The report pointed out that industrial gas consumption in the country fell by 12% in the week to last Sunday, while household and business consumption fell by 13%.
The regulator previously said Germany needed to cut its gas consumption by at least 20% to help offset the loss of supply from Russia.
Citizens should “maybe don’t turn up the heat all the way and think carefully about which rooms need to be heated”, On Friday, BNetzA president Klaus Mueller told public broadcaster ARD.
“Yesterday’s figures were not so good” Mueller said, adding that “If it was just a weekly blip, we can forget about it.” He promised to “watch what happens in the next few days” but warned that “We shouldn’t treat this lightly.”
According to Mueller, Germany currently sources gas from Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and “a little” of France. It will get more through liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals, which the country has started building, the regulator noted.
“We want to protect the industry from gas rationing at all costs”, said the head of the BNetzA. “It’s up to us now. How fast can we build the LNG terminals. Who helps. How much we can save. It helps even more. We can handle it.
Germany would miss about 50 billion cubic meters of gas in annual deliveries due to reduced imports from Russia. The country’s previous attempts to diversify gas supplies have contributed to the current energy crisis. Pressure from EU sanctions, maintenance issues, as well as sabotage of Nord Stream pipelines, have further exacerbated the problem.
According to Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, the share of Russian gas imports into the country has recently fallen to 6-8%. In 2021, more than half of Germany’s gas supply came from Russia.
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