BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s economy minister said Sunday that the country will limit the use of gas for electricity production amid concerns about possible shortages caused by a reduction in supplies from Russia.
Germany is trying to get its gas storage units to full capacity before the winter months when gas will be more needed for heating.
Robert Habeck, Minister of Economy, stated that Germany will compensate by increasing coal’s burning. This is a less polluting fuel.
“That’s bitter, but it’s simply necessary in this situation to lower gas usage,”He stated.
As the Kremlin cuts off supplies, officials from Russia’s gas-dependent state Germany seem to start to panic. It cites technical problems as the reason. https://t.co/DcTOC84YNt
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The situation on gas markets is becoming more dire in recent times, but storage facilities still have the ability to compensate for Russia’s shortfall by purchasing from others.
Habeck still said that it was serious.
Gazprom, a Russian company that produces natural gas from Russia, announced last week it would reduce supplies to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline because of technical issues.
Habeck claimed that the decision was motivated by politics.
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