BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The industry supports the plans of Economy Minister Robert Habeck (The Greens) to reduce gas consumption due to the throttling of Russian gas supplies. “We need to reduce gas consumption as much as possible, every kilowatt-hour counts,” said industry president Siegfried Russwurm of the German Press Agency: “The priority must be to fill the gas tanks for the coming winter.”
Federal Network Agency head Klaus Müller told “Tagesspiegel” of the plan to temporarily increase the use of coal-fired power plants to generate electricity that it was not an easy decision from a climate policy point of view: “But it is so necessary to reduce gas consumption in electricity production.”
Habeck wants to take additional measures to save gas and increase safety precautions. He described the situation as serious. To counteract this, it is necessary to reduce gas consumption for the power industry and industry, and to use more coal-fired power plants. They are designed to replace electricity generation in natural gas-fired power plants as far as possible in order to save natural gas. Filling the gas storage facility to prepare for winter should be promoted.
Russwurm said Germany needed to open up as many other sources as possible. Companies would need to switch to oil, for example, where this could be done. “But many industrial processes only work with gas. The lack of gas threatens to stop production, “said the chairman of the Federation of German Industry.
Russwurm argued that gas production had to be stopped and the coal-fired power plants had to be taken out of the reserve immediately. “Currently, this is about short-term bridging measures to secure energy supply, not a coal phase-out date in 2038 or 2030.” Renewable energy would have to be significantly accelerated. “Germany must finally say goodbye to paralyzing small debates and blocking attitudes, and let go of the brakes in the expansion of renewable energy.” Politicians and the administration would need to turn on the turbocharger as soon as possible to designate new areas for wind and solar power plants and obtain faster approvals.
“Germany now needs to quickly and pragmatically use all gas-saving opportunities where it can be replaced,” explained Wolfgang Große Entrup, Managing Director of the Chemical Industry Association. The association supports the activities presented by Habeck. Especially when switching from gas to coal, all capacities should be able to be used without discrimination. Große Entrup welcomed the gas auction model announced by Habeck in order to save on industrial gas as a market instrument. The chemical industry, with a share of 15%, is the largest natural gas consumer in Germany.
Ingbert Liebing, general manager of the municipal municipal association VKU, explained that it is absolutely right to react quickly to a dynamic situation and, if necessary, to take emergency measures. “First of all, the return of coal-fired power plants to electricity market is on purpose. This can already make a decisive contribution to reducing gas consumption. However, the JPC warns against a “total ban” of electricity generation from gas or fines. Liebing also called for state aid not only in stock exchange but also in municipal trading. tools.
President Karl Haeusgen said on behalf of the mechanical engineering association VDMA: “We are heading in a very difficult situation.” That is why Habeck’s plans are right to now organize less gas consumption. ” The VDMA particularly supports the plan to encourage a reduction in industrial gas consumption through tenders. “It drives the reduction where there is the least damage.” Efficient but very On the other hand, possible intervention in electricity generation, on the other hand, is a delicate one: “In the short term, more electricity from coal from standby plants can help, but the goals of climate transition must not be forgotten.”
In turn, small and medium-sized companies perceive the plans critically. “Due to the reduced supply of Russian gas, there is growing concern among SMEs that they will lose in the energy supply between private consumers’ warm living quarters and large-scale industrial raw material requirements,” said Markus Jerger. Managing Director of the Federal Association of Medium-sized Enterprises (BVMW) Publishing network Germany (RND / Monday). Habeck’s plan for gas distribution at auctions may mean that small and medium-sized companies will no longer be able to keep up with the auction. / Hoe / DP / stk