Energy crisis: Habeck wants to reduce gas consumption in Germany GDR.de – News

Status: 19.06.2022 20:47

Robert Habeck answers reporters' questions during a visit to the Total refinery in Leuna.  © dpa Photo: Jan Woitas

“Gas consumption must continue to decline,” said Economy Minister Habeck.

According to a media report, the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Habeck (Greens) wants to take further measures to further fill gas storage facilities in Germany. According to the DPA, gas supplies from Russia are in the background. Accordingly, it is planned that more coal-fired power plants will be used again in electricity production. In addition, companies that do without gas should reduce their consumption – so that gas can be stored. In return, they received money. “Gas consumption must continue to fall, so more gas needs to be stored, otherwise it will be really crowded in the winter,” Habeck said. The Russian group Gaszprom recently significantly reduced the volume of gas supplies to Germany. The Federal Network Agency speaks of a tense situation.

Firefighters extinguish a burning vehicle after the Russian shelling in Mykolaiv.  © George Ivanchenko / AP / dpa

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In the face of another sharp rise in energy prices, Habeck announced that the federal government would “respond soon”. “The high rate of inflation caused by fossil fuels is weighing heavily on the country,” Economy Minister Flensburg said on Sunday. “We have different options to curb these prices. But of course the question of justice immediately arises and will certainly need to be discussed further: How do we keep companies in the market? What support do we have to provide and how do we support households that are obviously dependent on heat in the apartment or house, but they probably can’t pay high prices so easily? We will have the answers in the near future. “

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