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Europe: Massive Energy Crisis Looms as Winter Drains Gas Reserves

Europe: Massive Energy Crisis Looms as Winter Drains Gas Reserves

Germany’s Energy Supervisory Authority: “The situation could become ‘very serious’ if we don’t significantly reduce our gas consumption.”

As Europe burns its natural gas reserves to survive through the dark and freezing winter months, the Continent is set to be hit by a real energy crunch early next year, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) believes.

“Europe may face an even more acute energy crunch next year after draining its natural gas tanks to get through the cold of this winter,” Reuters reported Wednesday, citing the IEA.

While the IEA assumes that Europe will scrape through the winter thanks to its gas reserves, the latest data from Germany is more worrying. The German agency charged with monitoring energy consumption, Die Bundesnetzagentur, has raised the alarm over the country’s high gas usage despite the disruption in the Russian supply.

“According to figures from the [German energy] supervisory authority, the gas consumption by private households and small commercial customers in the 39th calendar week was 618 gigawatt [sic] hours, almost 10 percent above the average consumption level for the years 2018 to 2021,” the German public broadcaster ZDF reported Wednesday.

“The situation could become “very serious” if we don’t significantly cut our gas usage,” emphasized [head of the authority Klaus] Müller,” the news outlet added.

Reuters reported Europe’s coming energy crunch:

Europe may face an even more acute energy crunch next year after draining its natural gas tanks to get through the cold of this winter, the head of the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday, as the EU looks for ways to ease the crisis.

European countries have filled storage tanks to around 90% of their capacity after Russia cut gas supplies in response to Western sanctions imposed over its invasion of Ukraine.

Gas prices , which surged in the months after the invasion in February, have retreated. But that could be short-lived as countries compete to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other alternatives to Russian pipeline deliveries. (…)

“With gas storages almost at 90%, Europe will survive the coming winter with just some bruises as long as there are no political or technical surprises,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the Paris-based IEA.

The real challenges facing Europe, which had historically relied on Russia for around 40% of its natural gas, will begin in February or March when storage needs to be refilled after high winter demand has drained them to 25%-30%.

“This winter is difficult but next winter may also be very difficult,” Birol told journalists in Finland.

Almost a week after Russia’s gas supply to Europe was disrupted by irreparable damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea, the European Union is effectively putting Moscow out of the European energy market by imposing a price cap on Russian oil exports.

“Russia’s oil exports are set to be capped after the European Union’s 27 member states agreed on a new sanctions package on Wednesday,” German TV channel DW News reported. “The move hopes to deliver a blow to Russia’s oil revenues amid its ongoing war in Ukraine,” the broadcaster commented.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to “freeze” Europe if the EU went ahead with a price cap when his energy revenue started skyrocketing following his invasion of Ukraine.

Putin isn’t making empty threats. Despite the disruption of the Nord Stream pipelines, Russia still remains a player in the European natural gas market. Russian gas can still flow into Europe via the Russian pipeline running through Ukraine, and the TurkStream pipeline, which supplies Turkey and southeastern Europe.

The EU and European governments worry as cities across the Continent witness massive protests against the soaring cost of living and high energy bills. The German police are preparing for a “state of emergency,” as they fear mass-rioting and political unrest if the country descends into chaos in the wake of nationwide power cuts and blackouts.

(Excerpts from German media reports translated by the author)


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taurus the judge | October 6, 2022 at 1:08 pm

Buy more EV’s and build more windmills- problem solved

    Your attempt at sarcasm is terrible. The irony of course is that investment in those things would actually help and has helped. Energy resilience in Europe is much greater precisely because of widespread investment in green tech, sure you could claim that Germany should have invested in nuclear but that’s still not an argument against investment in wind, solar and hydro is it.

E Howard Hunt | October 6, 2022 at 1:09 pm

My father spent the winter 1944/45 in a very cold German stalag. I wish he could have lived another two years to enjoy seeing this.

JackinSilverSpring | October 6, 2022 at 1:25 pm

This is what happens when watermelon politicians listen to watermelon “scientists.” The technology is not there and never will be there for ruinables. When will the voters figure this out and throw these politicians out of office? A cold winter might do the trick.

Doesn’t Germany have coal reserves? If not, can we redirect some of the coal we send to China?

    Ironclaw in reply to Dimsdale. | October 6, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    They don’t just have coal, they have lignite. Dirtiest burning hydrocarbon known to man.

    Otto Kringelein in reply to Dimsdale. | October 7, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Yes, they do. But since Merkel decommissioned all of the coal powered electrical generation plants and converted the remaining over to gas they have no practical means of using the coal. And it would take too long to convert back to coal electrical generation plants even if they could. No matter what they do Germany is looking at a very dark and cold Winter this year and for the next several years at least.

Manufactured crisis that the green energy dictators want to inflict on their people…reduced population = lower carbon footprint

I wonder how popular is Brandon in the EU now.

I wonder how popular Brandon will be in the EU at the end of Jan, 2023.

Trump should erect some ‘warming tents’ on his various resorts around the EU.

Crisis looms over an approaching cold winter?

What happened to global warming?

The real fun starts next spring when they will have no fertilizer for their agriculture since they already cut production of that. That means they’ll have a gas shortage AND a food shortage.

All I want for Christmas is a Green blight, coup with “benefits”, and sanctions with consequences.

taurus the judge | October 6, 2022 at 3:08 pm

Alright Europeans,

Stand in a big circle holding hands and wish really hard this time for it to get warm.

It will work, all you have to do is believe in the magic.

Can you feel the warmth coursing in your veins yet?

Freeze to death in the dark.

Survivors will starve next year.

I approve.

    More people will die from the consequences of Green Cult actions to date than will ever die from man-made Climate Change in the future.

      Ironclaw in reply to jb4. | October 6, 2022 at 7:42 pm

      Well, since the green cult is just a bunch of watermelon communists, it fits historical patterns. Communists have always specialized at different forms of mass murder.

    Suburban Farm Guy in reply to mbecker908. | October 7, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Gee, when you vote for ignorance and darkness, you get…. ignorance and darkness.

taurus the judge | October 6, 2022 at 3:33 pm

OK Europeans

The next exercise will be the side straddle hop


I think it’s warm
I think it’s warm


Repeat until warm

If they had been arming and aiding Ukraine since 2014, none of this would be happening

The CIA reportedly informed the Germans of a risk to the Nord Stream pipelines. Fat good that did. Sort of like telling someone they’re going to be pole axed as the hammer is going down. All that suffering, misery, disease and death didn’t have to happen. But Orange Man bad and Single Neuron Man good.

It’s the feel good story of the year.

I call bu ll crap on this clickbait headline!. Winter hasn’t even started here yet and like the rst of the Northern Hemisphere it starts on Dec 21st. Last month NG storage in EU was 80%, this month it’s 90%. We NVER, EVER use it all!!

Germany has THREE new LNG terminals, The Netherlands 2, and Belgium 1 and ALL are disembarking NG as write. There is one new pipeline crossing from Norway to Europe and 2 new pipelines in southern Europe which all just started up this month.

If this winter in Europe is as mild as the last 6 winters we are not gonna have any energy problems….NONE!

    alaskabob in reply to audax. | October 8, 2022 at 12:04 am

    That still doesn’t give the whole picture as what amount of the needed energy can be satisfied with the stored reserves and shipping. If all of this storage is so adequate … then why the concern by the governments?

They’re looking at continent-wide riots and blackouts and they added a new round of sanctions? The morons running Europe really are suicidal.