Germany, like other European countries, has boxed itself in with its response to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Now the government is preparing its citizens and businesses for the cold and dark winter that lies ahead. Rather than revise national policies, it is recommending the acquisition of emergency generators to get through the coming blackouts. There’s no word on how people will be able to afford the inflated prices for fuel to run those generators.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from T-Online. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:
Federal government advises the purchase of emergency generators
No more gas from Russia? In that case, power outages could occur. Companies should arm themselves, warns the federal government, and makes a recommendation.
As a result of the gas crisis and an impending shortage of resources, the federal government is recommending companies to stock up on emergency power generators. This is reported by Bild on Saturday.
The precautionary proposal was preceded by a reply from State Secretary for Economic Affairs Patrick Graichen (Greens) to Stephan Pilsinger, member of the CSU Bundestag, which stated that the emergency power generators should compensate for possible power failures in the future.
No shutdown sequence
“Being equipped with emergency generators is particularly recommended for operators of critical infrastructure,” explains Graichen in his reply. The reason is that there would be no “shutdown sequence” in the event of a crisis.
“In the event of a shortage of gas or electricity,” the Federal Network Agency takes over the function of the federal load distributor. “They are then responsible for the distribution of gas or electricity in close coordination with the network operators,” the government’s response continues. Graichen therefore recommends that the emergency generators should have a bridging time of 72 hours.
Pilsinger criticized the federal government’s request. “The fact that the government is recommending the purchase of emergency generators is a declaration of bankruptcy,” he told the newspaper.
Businesses and consumers need to brace themselves for tough times
The federal government has been calling on companies and consumers to save energy since the start of the Ukraine war. Given that Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly threatened to stop gas supplies, it cannot be ruled out that shortages and possible energy supply failures may occur in the future. [Are these people actually aware of the hypocrisies they are spouting? They are literally demanding that a country they are sanctioning and having a proxy war with continue delivering “arms and ammunition” to them, so that they can carry on their war against that country.]
The Hamburg Senator for the Environment, Jens Kerstan (Greens), just announced this Saturday that there may be limits on the amounts of hot water available for private households in the event of a gas emergency in the Hanseatic city. “In an acute gas shortage, hot water may only be made available at certain times of the day in an emergency,” Kerstan told the Welt am Sonntag. A “general reduction of the maximum room temperature in the district heating network” may also be considered.
“In Hamburg, for technical reasons alone, it will not be possible in all places to distinguish between commercial and private customers in the event of a gas shortage,” Kerstan continued. “However, if we don’t manage to save enough gas on the part of the large companies, we may face delivery restrictions that would then affect individual parts of the city.”
Afterword from the translator:
Germany, a country with the most expensive electricity network and the highest electricity prices in the whole world, can also afford the world’s most incompetent politicians that dollars can buy…
Generators, a brilliant idea, right? They shut down a power plant and are now decentralizing it. Will a company that is critical of the government be able to obtain diesel or petrol for the emergency generator? And private households? They can’t even afford to travel to work because of the fuel prices.
Or should the emergency generator run on solar cells, or wind power?
Phew — at least the authors of children’s books have another new bedtime story for Germans. Now they can sleep peacefully again. It will be interesting to watch…
Here in South Africa we’re battling with rolling blackouts, or what they call “load-shedding”, because of insatiable greed, combined with utter incompetence in more ways than one, since 2006. Very few people can afford nowadays to buy or even run a generator. My 8kW diesel generator is standing idle now, because I cannot afford US$3 per hour to keep the lights on any longer. The wife of a friend had to quit her job recently, because the costs of travel — 100km a day — ate up most of her meagre salary as a nurse.
Germans, world: just carry on sleeping about what is being done to you, because in the end, if you should wake up — You WILL own nothing, and you WILL be HAPPY… with the scraps from their table (or crickets) until it’s time for you to enter the communal shower. Or in this case, take the next injection.