Germany Reduces Electricity Use For Winter Stocks

Germany Reduces Electricity Use For Winter Stocks

 Germany will begin to reduce the use of natural gas for electricity production due to reduced supplies from Russia. This was conveyed by the German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, Sunday (19/6/2022). Germany itself is trying to fill its gas storage facilities to meet capacity. Stocks of natural gas are needed ahead of winter starting next December. 




In winter, natural gas, which is mostly supplied by Russia, is important as a heating fuel in Germany. In exchange for the reduction in gas supply, Habeck said, Germany would seek to make up for it by increasing the burning of coal which emits more pollution. "It's bittersweet, but it's needed in the current situation to reduce gas use," Habeck said, according to the Associated Press. Russia's gas supply to Germany was cut last week. 

The company Gazprom reduced gas supply through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for technical reasons. Previously, the volume of gas passing through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline was 167 cubicm per day. Then, the gas volume is cut to 100 cubic meters and then cut again to 67 cubic meters per day. Habeck said he did not believe the reason Gazprom reduced gas supply was due to technical problems. He believes that the policy of the Russian company is politically motivated.




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