It would be hard for anyone not to know at this point that the U.S. is experiencing some rather dire energy shortages. In places like California and Texas, where high temperatures and expensive energy costs run rampant, state leadership has been forced to implement things like rolling blackouts, where the electric companies turn off or limit the amount of energy they produce during certain hours of the day to conserve it as much as possible for later.
You might remember that thanks to failed “green” energy sources, companies could not provide the fuel needed to keep the heat and lights on last winter. And with the changing of seasons, things have not improved much.
But the U.S. is not the only nation to be learning the hard way that green energy sources are not, at least at present, the answer to our problems.
Similarly, as part of the European Union, Germany is experiencing energy shortages.
And as the days get shorter and the nights colder, the situation for this winter is not looking very promising.
In fact, according to recent press releases from the European Union, nations like Germany will soon have to start “rationing electricity and natural gas.”
A July 26 release from the Council of the European Union stated that due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the nation members of the group need to be prepared for “significantly reduced… gas deliveries from Russia and a serious risk of a complete halt.”
And so, Germany has begun to institute some plans to do just that.
According to a Friday report from the Ansbach Hometown Herald, rationing could start as early as the beginning of fall.
This was confirmed by USAG Ansbach Directorate of Public Works Energy Office manager Brad Jennings. He told the Herald, “the EU Commission is recommending adoption of a natural gas only, at this time, reduction in usage of 15% which began August 1 and extends through the entire heating season (March 31, 2023).”
This includes reducing energy to a U.S. Army garrison stationed in Ansbach, Germany.
Now, according to German emergency energy regulations, what we might call “essential businesses” such as grocery stores, hospitals, and elder care centers will be prioritized. And the Garrison is included in what is considered a “priority” customer, according to their energy contract with the nation. However, that doesn’t mean the U.S. military men and women stationed there or their families won’t be in for some rather cold nights ahead.
As Jennings reported, they too will “have to endure large cuts in available power and heating.”
He explained that while most Americans have experienced at least some short time without power, you know, during a severe thunderstorm or even for a week or two following a hurricane, very few have ever endured what the nations of the EU are about to.
Instead of being without power for a day or two, these families may soon not be allowed to raise the air temperature in their room beyond a certain degree. Likewise, the water in their faucets for showers and baths will be regulated. And like rolling blackouts, lights may only be used during certain hours of the day.
And that could be just the start of their problems.
As it was mentioned above, so far, these are just reductions in energy use. However, if Russian President Vladimir Putin wishes, he could soon halt the delivery of all energy sources to these nations.
According to CNBC reports from April, some 31 percent of all EU gas imports come from Russia, which is significant. Now, this is a decrease from April of last year, when nearly 45 percent of the EU’s energy came from the dictatorship.
However, it’s still far too much, especially given that thanks to Russia’s continued efforts at war, bans, and sanctions on Russian imports such as coal and oil have been put in place by the EU. A Russian coal ban was implemented last week. Another, on oil, will begin at the end of the year, according to Time Magazine.
So far, natural gas is safe. But that may not be the truth for much longer. And as Germany’s jump to green energy has proved, wind turbines and solar panels won’t keep the heat on or prices down as winter approaches.