Less warm swimming pools, cool official corridors, unlit landmarks: Cities want to save energy in many places this winter. In addition, however, they are demanding a "bailout package" from the federal and state governments for the municipal utilities.
"If public utilities get into an existential imbalance, then all services of general interest in the cities, such as water, sewage, waste disposal and public transport, threaten to slip," warned the city council president, Mayor Markus Lewe, on Tuesday in Berlin.
"Especially in these times, people expect us to guide them safely through the crisis," said Lewe. The federal and state governments would have to perceive the importance of the municipalities in the crisis and involve them in important decisions on an equal footing.
The goal of using 20 percent less gas this winter is ambitious but achievable, according to the City Day. "We have to make savings in all areas and eliminate energy wasters," said Lewe. "We want to do everything we can to ensure that schools and daycare centers do not have to close even if there is a shortage of gas."