The energy industry has called on citizens to use gas sparingly this winter too. The storage facilities are full and there is no longer any need for laws like a year ago, said the head of the industry association BDEW, Kerstin Andreae, to the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. "Nevertheless, we appeal to the population to use as little gas as possible."
There are factors that are out of your control. If it gets really cold for two months, the storage tanks will empty and have to be refilled. Nobody has to pay for every kilowatt hour that is saved, said Andreae. "The lower the consumption, the lower the costs and the higher the energy security."
Be concerned about extremely low temperatures
The association of storage operators declared at the beginning of November that an emergency situation could not be ruled out in a very cold winter, despite the gas storage being full. At extremely low temperatures like in 2010, the German storage facilities could be empty by the end of January. In such a scenario, the storage facilities could only be filled again in March.
Until the Ukraine War, Germany obtained a large part of its natural gas via Russian pipelines. Last year, however, Russia stopped deliveries. The Federal Republic is now covering demand through other supplying countries and is building terminals for importing liquefied natural gas.