Germany to curb gas use, burn more coal in ‘serious’ situation

Posted: June 19, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, government, Politics
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German coal operation


The so-called climate crisis soon gets pushed aside when an energy crisis bites. Saving the world is for poseurs, saving your citizens from hardship is politics. Renewables don’t even get a mention.
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Germany will curb domestic energy consumption and boost stockpiles, as it ramps up efforts to stem a winter fuel supply crisis, says the Telegraph.

Europe’s biggest economy will increase gas stockpiles and aim to cut down on the use of energy by its dominant industrial sector, economic minister Robert Habeck said in a statement on Sunday.

“Security of supply is currently guaranteed. But the situation is serious,” he added.

“Gas consumption must fall further, and in return more gas must be put into the storage facilities, otherwise things will really get tight in the winter.”

Alarm has grown over the prospect of the continent’s fuel reserves running out after Russia last week cut flows through the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany by 60pc, as part of an escalating pressure campaign by Vladimir Putin.

Prior to the war in Ukraine, Russia supplied Germany with just under a third of its gas.

“The tense situation and the high prices are a direct consequence of Putin’s war of aggression on Ukraine,” Mr Habeck said.

“What’s more, it is obviously Putin’s strategy to make us insecure, to drive up prices, and to divide us. We will not let that happen. We will fight back decisively, precisely and thoughtfully.”

Analysts at Wood Mackenzie, an oil and gas consultancy, have predicted Europe could run out of gas supplies by January if the Kremlin turns off the taps.

The European Union is already pressing ahead with plans to ban the import of seaborne Russian oil, which would leave the continent scrambling to find new sources.

Mr Habeck, a minister for the Greens party, said Germany will be forced to rely more on coal-fired power plants as it tries to weather the current energy crisis.

A bill to allow plants to continue operating will be discussed in the upper house of Germany’s parliament in early July, and is expected to quickly enter law afterwards.

“That means, we have to be that honest, more coal-fired power plants then for a transitional period,” Mr Habeck said.

“That’s bitter, but it’s simply necessary in this situation to reduce gas consumption. We must and we will do everything we can to store as much gas as possible in the summer and fall.”

Full article here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    “Security of supply is currently guaranteed.”

    Aka summer.

  2. […] Germany to curb gas use, burn more coal in ‘serious’ situation […]

  3. Saighdear says:

    Oh Give over! Do as I say, not as we do. …. and yet it seems the populace is clammering for more of this eco rubbish,
    Frightens me what would happen HERE in UK when things change by Christmas or sooner going by what I don’t like hearing in the Media.

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘Europe’s biggest economy will increase gas stockpiles and aim to cut down on the use of energy by its dominant industrial sector, economic minister Robert Habeck said in a statement on Sunday.’

    More production for Vance, AL (Mercedes), Greer, SC (BMW), and Chattanooga, TN (VW).

    The more the government messes with energy supplies, the more business will move offshore. What Habeck is doing is going to be catastrophic to their economy. Not being able to run your factory is an extreme motivator to leave. I mention U.S. plants, but these manufacturers have plants around the world. All three companies CAN move, and have already made good starts.

  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    And German car cmpanies in Slovakia?
    And about 2 years ago I noticed that the German chemical industry wasn’t building new factories in Germany. All 20+ new investments were elsewhere (not in France or the UK either).

  6. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Coal, electric car fuel. But it will be lignite, which is filthy stuff. But nuclear is being scrapped…..

  7. oldbrew says:

    Analysts at Wood Mackenzie, an oil and gas consultancy, have predicted Europe could run out of gas supplies by January if the Kremlin turns off the taps.

    The process has already started…
    https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/russian-cuts-force-europe-gas-105013153.html

    UK also faces winter gas problems…
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/06/19/decades-neglect-britain-scrambles-keep-lights-winter/

  8. Johna says:

    It wont stop at turning the gas taps off if Nato or BoJo is stupid enough to have a go at Russia. So, the sooner BoJo listens up and reverts back to UK coal, the more able it will be to weather the impending storm and defend the people. I just hope whoever is the PM will have the savvy to implement a proper strategic long term energy mix in supporting sustainables – and see how it pans out i.e. no sham 2050 deadline. Coal gasification using integrated CHP is the best way forward as we can keep the existing coal and CCGT fleets and convert all petrol/diesel transport to CTG. No need to curtail household gas use either as its far more efficient than electric especially with 8% hydrogen enrichment, though most likely it will also get stripped out with all the other by coal products we derive from oil. .

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  10. oldbrew says:

    20 Jun 2022
    German economy minister rejects calls for using fracking to secure gas supplies

    https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/german-economy-minister-rejects-calls-using-fracking-secure-gas-supplies
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    Instead they plan to import US fracked gas. Did someone say *economy* minister?

  11. Johna says:

    Even worse as everyone including the UK is buying fracked US gas. Leaving aside direct hits on US
    targets we have the vulnerability of LNG tankers being sunk and oil and gas rigs being destroyed when Russia hits back – if Bojo keeps pushing his luck? That’s why coal is the best medium to long term option as coal is literally indestructible and can be directly substituted for oil and natural gas, it is also under our feet in vast quantity. Atmospheric emissions from IGCHP is also less than CCCHP

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