The Federal Network Agency and the energy industry are urging citizens to conserve gas this winter, despite the storage facilities being full and no longer requiring laws as in previous years, according to Kerstin Andreae, head of BDEW, the industry association. Despite this, she is appealing to the public to use as little gas as possible due to factors beyond their control.
If temperatures drop significantly for two months, the storage tanks may run dry and need to be refilled. Andreae emphasized that there is no need for people to pay for every kilowatt hour saved. The less gas consumed, the lower costs and greater energy security will be achieved. Klaus Müller, head of the network agency, also made similar comments, encouraging people to consider whether they really need the same temperature in every room and suggesting ways to save energy through proper ventilation and hydraulic balancing of heating systems.
At the beginning of November, Germany’s storage operators’ association declared that despite full gas storage capacity, an emergency situation could not be ruled out in a very cold winter. It is worth noting that until recently, Germany obtained a significant portion of its natural gas via Russian pipelines. However, due to Russia stopping deliveries last year, the Federal Republic now covers demand through other countries and is building terminals for importing liquefied natural gas from non-Russian sources.