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Germany’s Gas Reserves “Emptying At Record Speed” As Country Struggles To Keep Warm, Lights On

By P Gosselin | No Tricks Zone | December 16, 2022

Germany’s gas reserves are emptying at record speed: 1% per day as the current wind/solar energy lull means more gas gets burned for electricity, heating.

Pleiteticker.de reports how Germany’s natural gas reserves “are emptying at record speed” because wind and solar power have been on the scarce side over the past few weeks. This means gas turbines have had to jump in to pick up the slack in electricity production – not one the German government had hoped as it wrestles with the heightening energy crisis.

“Germany is converting gas into electricity in record quantities,” pleiteticker.de reports. “Thanks to high pressure system ‘Erika’, the current December is colder than it has been for years. […] In recent days, gas storage facilities have therefore been emptying much faster than before. From December 12 onwards, more than one percent was withdrawn from gas storage facilities in Germany every day.”

“Last week, almost one third of all electricity was generated from natural gas. These are record figures,” writes pleiteticker.de.

If the cold persists through the winter, gas reserves threaten to become extremely tight before spring arrives.

But instead of blaming the energy woes on failed government policies, federal network agency head Klaus Müller criticizes the situation on the consumers, and worries “the gas storage may not last the whole winter.”

“A national gas shortage in winter can be avoided if, firstly, the savings target of at least 20 percent continues to be achieved,” the Federal Network Agency says. Here the government’s solution clearly is that citizens should accept freezing even more when it’s bitterly cold out.

Over 800 million euros paid for unproduced energy in 2021

The problem with wind power is that either too much or too little is produced, due to the weather. As mentioned above. the past weeks have seen little wind power being produced, and so gas turbines had to be fired up to keep the grid supplied.

But when it’s too windy, something needs to be done to keep the grid from being overloaded: wind turbines have to be shut down. That’s costing Germans 807 million euros this year because the excess electricity that could have been fed into the grid by the wind parks legally has to be compensated.

Pleiteticker here writes: “For the amount of electricity that the operators could have fed into the grid, they still receive compensation from the grid operators according to the statutory tariffs. And this sum is higher than ever this year: 807 million euros. Record value. For electricity that never existed.”

And the problem is getting bigger, according to the Federal Ministry of Economics.

“At the time of the worst energy crisis Germany has seen in a long time, when companies and consumers are hammered by energy prices like rarely before, Germany is paying money for energy that also doesn’t get produced,” comments pleiteticker.de.

So far Germany’s response to the energy crisis is plans to build many more turbines, with talks of even tripling its current installed  capacity, which of course would only triple  grid volatility, thus making it far more unstable than it already is and so create an even much bigger mess.

December 16, 2022 - Posted by | Economics, Malthusian Ideology, Phony Scarcity, Russophobia |

5 Comments »

  1. The Germans are clever people. Maybe they should consider getting along peacefully with Russia, rather than ganging up on Russia, via the NATO alliance. They learned in 1945 that fighting Russia was a terrible idea, and, instead of confrontation, maybe co-operation with Russia, ‘might’ be a better idea.
    Nobody wins from belligerence and War (except, the Arms Dealers)

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 16, 2022 | Reply

    • Good luck living and cooperating next to a Russia with a Psychopath at the helm. Germany will not be favored with a new Russian Empire at it’s doorstep.

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      Comment by Old Hoodoo | December 20, 2022 | Reply

      • “Russia with a Psychopath at the helm”. If Putin is a Psychopath, what do you call the procession of American Presidents since WWII that have been driven, by the Military Industrial Complex, to kill multi-millions of people all over the World?

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 20, 2022 | Reply

  2. Always a doom and gloomer out there…. There has been an article written about every possible consequence of the Ukraine War in order to fill the columns. Germany is about to start pumping in LNG from the Wilhelmshaven and Lublin Terminals literally in a few weeks, the FSRU ships are now in place. While this will not end the drain (after all it IS winter) it will slow it. And the Brunsbüttel LNG terminal will be in operation sometime in February. And thereafter there will be a Stade LNG Terminal and then a fifth by the end of 2023. Germany will not run out of Gas, only cheap Gas. Time for Germany to pay the piper for it’s rather selfish and short-sighted partnership with Russia.

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    Comment by Old Hoodoo | December 20, 2022 | Reply

    • Will the victors ever allow Germany to produce oil and gas for themselves? Nah. They will be hostages until they rid themselves of occupation.

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      Comment by aletho | December 20, 2022 | Reply


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