“We must take measures to avoid an energy crisis, superimposed on the gas crisis. Gas should no longer be used for electricity production,” Lindner told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
At the same time, the German Minister of Finance requested that “safe and environmentally friendly nuclear power plants” be kept in operation in Germany until 2024, if necessary, and mentioned that the German Minister of Economy, Robert Habeck, has the legal prerogatives to to stop using gas for electricity production.
But a spokesman for Habeck warned that a “complete ban on the use of gas for electricity production will lead to an energy crisis and blackouts”.
Moreover, the same spokesperson also specified that some power plants can operate exclusively on gas and are essential in supporting the electricity supply network. But efforts are being made to substitute gas in energy production where possible, he added.
Germany, dependent on Russian gas, faces consecutive cuts in supplies by Russian company Gazprom, while Berlin accuses Moscow of citing reasons to justify the reductions in gas volume, which Germany sees as retaliation after restrictive measures imposed by the EU.
Meanwhile, Germany is looking for solutions, such as putting some coal-fired power plants back into operation. To support this country, the European Commission requested EU member states to reduce their gas consumption by 15% between August 2022 and March 2023, compared to the average of the last five years. At the same time, the proposal was included in an agreement concluded on Tuesday at the EU level, which stipulates that this reduction will be, for the time being, voluntary, and in case the community executive decides to make it mandatory, several member states will benefit of exceptions.
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