The Federal Network Agency and the energy industry have encouraged citizens to use gas sparingly this winter, despite the fact that storage facilities are now full. Kerstin Andreae, head of the BDEW industry association, has stressed the need for caution due to factors beyond their control. Even though there is no longer a need for laws like those in place last year, Andreae is still appealing to the population to save as much gas as possible.
If temperatures drop significantly for two months, storage tanks could empty and need to be refilled. According to Andreae, nobody will have to pay for every kilowatt hour saved, as lower consumption leads to lower costs and higher energy security. Klaus Müller, head of the Federal Network Agency, emphasized the importance of considering whether necessary temperature levels are being met in every room and offered suggestions for saving energy through proper ventilation and hydraulic balancing of heating systems.
At the beginning of November, storage operators’ association declared that even though full gas storage was achieved, an emergency situation could not be ruled out in a very cold winter. It’s worth noting that until recently, Germany relied heavily on Russian pipelines for its natural gas imports. However, due to Russia stopping deliveries last year, Germany is now obtaining demand from other countries and building terminals for importing liquefied natural gas.