The German gas storage facilities are more than 90 percent full. This means that shortages are no longer to be expected this winter, says the head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller. At the same time, he warns against stopping saving. That would not only be expensive, but also lacking in solidarity.
The President of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, sees no more danger of a gas shortage for this winter. "Despite all the remaining uncertainty: I don't expect anything else to go wrong this winter," he told the "Bild am Sonntag". He now assumes that the storage tanks will be more than 50 percent full by the end of winter. "We are now concentrating on next winter."
Nevertheless, Müller warned in the "Bild am Sonntag" against stopping saving now, for example when heating or showering. "That would not only be very expensive, but also lacking in solidarity," he said. "In the end, increasing gas consumption also leads to higher gas prices for the energy-intensive industry, which can finally work on making up ground again after the price explosions in the summer." In addition, every kilowatt hour that is saved now does not have to be bought expensively in summer to fill up the gas storage tanks.
With the prices that have fallen sharply recently, Müller expects the price fluctuations to end. "Gas is currently costing the same as in December 2021," said Müller. "There is much to suggest that we have reached a price plateau that we can count on for the next one to two years." But there are three major risk factors: A colder next winter, increasing gas consumption in China and the security risk for the gas infrastructure.