Fewer deliveries from Russia: Habeck apparently wants to declare the alarm level of the gas emergency plan – politics

Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) wants to speak on Thursday morning Security of supply in Germany to express. This was announced by his ministry.

According to information from dpa and Reuters, Habeck wants the Alert level of the gas emergency plan calling out. As reported from well-informed circles, utility companies should not yet be given the opportunity to increase their gas prices under the Energy Security Act.

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The alert level is the second of three escalation levels of the gas emergency plan. The relevant regulation was first activated after the Russian attack on Ukraine. Habeck had declared the early warning level on March 30th.

Unlike the early warning level, the alert level could have significant consequences for businesses and consumers if utilities were able to pass on their higher purchase prices directly to their customers. A new price adjustment clause was created for this in the Energy Security Act in May. But this is not automatic. It must first be formally activated by the Federal Network Agency.

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However, the declaration of the alarm level is also a prerequisite for the implementation of the federal government’s plans to bring more coal-fired power plants back on the grid in order to save natural gas in electricity production. The corresponding law is to pass the Federal Council on July 8th.

The declaration of the alert level is likely to be justified by the reduction in gas deliveries through the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1. Since the gas flow was throttled last week, the gas market has been even more tense than before. (AP, Reuters)

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