Due to a reduction in Russian supply, Germany has moved one step closer to implementing gas rationing.
According to Germany’s economy ministry, the nation has activated the “alert” phase of its emergency gas plan to address shortages.
It is the most recent development in a dispute over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine between the European Union and Russia.
In reaction to EU sanctions, according to German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, Russia is using gas “as a weapon.”
“We should not deceive ourselves. The reduction in gas supply is [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s economic assault on us “Germans would need to cut back on their use, Mr. Habeck added.
Insecurity, price increases, and societal division are all part of Putin’s goal, the speaker continued. “We are fighting against this,” someone said.
Gas rationing for German business, according to Mr. Habeck, would “hopefully never” be necessary, but he added: “Of course, I can’t rule that out.”
The second phase of Germany’s three-part emergency plan, which is triggered by disruption or extremely high gas demand, has now been initiated.
It increases the burden on vendors and network managers to mitigate disruption by taking steps like locating alternative gas sources, for example.
Although it is technically conceivable under stage two, the nation decided against allowing utilities to pass on rising costs to customers.
Under the first stage of the emergency plan, gas companies were already required to ensure supply, while electricity grid operators were required to maintain grid stability. Gas network operators also had to report to the Economy Ministry at least once per day.
When there is a substantial supply disruption that the market is unable to handle, leading to rationing of commodities, state intervention would take place under the third stage.
In the third stage, gas would still be supplied to homes and vital institutions like hospitals but the supply to industry would be curtailed first.
According to EU climate policy leader Frans Timmermans, reductions in Russian gas imports have now impacted twelve countries in the European Union.
Last week, Russia reduced traffic via its Nord Stream 1 pipeline to 40% of its maximum capacity, alleging equipment issues that had an impact on several nations, including Germany.
Due to their failure to abide by a new payment system, it has already stopped supplying gas to Poland, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Finland.