Germany plans winter ‘warm-up spaces’ in case of gas shortage — Analysis
According to media reports, the measures are being looked at by several German cities as they attempt to assist those with low heating costs.
Gas shortages and skyrocketing heating costs might see many Germans unable to afford their heating bills this winter, Germany’s Bild tabloid reported on Sunday, adding that the nation’s Cities and Municipalities Association has suggested providing the most vulnerable people with public “warm-up”Instead, you can use these places. The paper said that such plans have been implemented in some German cities.
The western German city of Ludwigshafen is about to convert its Friedrich-Ebert-Halle arena into a giant warm-up hall, Bild reported, citing the city mayor, Jutta Steinruck. Media reports claim that the building, which used to be home to concerts, sports events and exhibitions, as well as serving to protect people against freezing temperatures during the Covid-19 epidemic, is now being converted to a warm-up area.
“We are currently preparing for all emergency scenarios for autumn and winter,”Bild received the statement from the mayor. This measure is being called for by the Cities and Municipalities Association, which calls for comparable practices in all German cities.
“Nobody can say exactly how dramatic the developments will be,” the association’s head, Gerd Landsberg told the tabloid, adding that one should consider establishing “heat islands” “warm rooms, where people can stay, even during a very cold winter.”
Bild claims that Germany may not experience a price increase in the winter of 2019, but could also be facing an extreme energy supply crisis if Russia suddenly stops gas supplies. Dmitry Peskov of the Kremlin stated that Moscow would provide reliable energy for Europe. He also said that European customers wouldn’t be able to see Moscow anymore. “off-the-scale”Utility bills
Neustadt, Frankenthal, and Landau in western Germany have all been working to build a new town. “heat islands”Bild reports that they will be using their winter lighting to save energy. Another energy-saving strategy is to turn off the external lights in public buildings at night and stop traffic lights from being turned on.
Bild reports that Dusseldorf will reduce its heating temperature in winter and autumn to conserve energy. It also stated that air conditioners in summer will be less used.
Gazprom, Russia’s gas monopoly, reduced Nord Stream’s flow to 40%. This was due to operational risks, as Canada hadn’t returned a turbine from the pipeline for maintenance.
Ottawa said on Saturday it would return the turbine to Germany, following Berlin’s requests. Moscow earlier stated that gas supplies would be increased to Europe if the turbine were returned. Gazprom will close Nord Stream on July 11 for planned maintenance. All gas flowing through the pipeline during this time will be stopped.
The developments come amid EU attempts to reduce the bloc’s reliance on Russian energy amid a standoff over Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.
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