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DW News published this video item, entitled “German government, customers search for solutions as Russia cuts gas supply | DW Business” – below is their description.
Moscow has reduced gas supply to Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, by 40 percent.
German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck called on citizens to reduce their energy consumption. He said: ‘Every kilowatt hour helps.’ His goal: to refill storage tanks before winter comes. Currently, they are about 58 percent full.
The government also encourages utility companies to extend the use of coal-fired power plants. Right now, Germany has 70 such plants that run on hard and lignite coal.
Another solution would be to extend the use of nuclear power. The country still has 3 nuclear power plants which are supposed to be shut down at the end of the year. An industry group now says they could remain on the grid to reduce the dependency on Russian gas.
Meanwhile, consumers are turning to energy consultants to figure out how to cut heating and electricity costs.
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