Germany’s federal grid agency has warned that private households could be required to reduce their gas consumption in the event of fuel shortages.
The regulator explained that consumers in the country are divided into “protected” and “not protected” in case of problems with gas in the country. The first category includes private households, operators of district heating stations supplying them, as well as educational institutions (kindergartens, schools and universities), medical institutions, police, firefighters, prisons and a number of others. All of them can, if necessary, be obliged to reduce consumption, since “protected consumers do not enjoy absolute protection.”
“The Federal Network Agency does not rule out that in a situation of gas shortages, it will not issue instructions to protected consumers to reduce gas purchases,” the agency explained, adding that the reduction does not mean a ban on gas purchases.
It is noted that the heating season in Germany should begin on October 1.