The temperatures make saving difficult
Photo: Hauke Christian Dittrich / dpa
In the past week it has gotten colder again - this is also reflected in the gas consumption in Germany.
Overall, consumption in the third calendar week was 9.4 percent below the average for the years 2018 to 2021.
In the week before, the decline was still 34 percent, mainly due to significantly higher temperatures.
Taken together, the temperature-adjusted consumption in calendar weeks two and three was around 19.5 percent below the reference value for the years 2018 to 2021, as the Federal Network Agency announced on Thursday in its daily gas management report.
"In the third calendar week we save (too) little gas due to the temperature," wrote the President of the Authority, Klaus Müller, on Twitter.
"Despite well-stocked gas storage facilities and important new LNG terminals, we need 20 percent savings for the winter of 23/24," Müller continues.
Winter temperatures continue to cause fill levels in German gas storage facilities to fall.
For the second day in a row, they fell by more than one percentage point, according to data from the European gas storage association GIE on Thursday.
On Wednesday morning, the fill level was 83.8 percent.
For comparison: on January 24, a year ago, the fill level was 37.8 percent.
The largest German storage facility in Rehden, Lower Saxony, recently recorded a filling level of 90.3 percent.
This value has remained almost unchanged since January 13th.
Across the EU, the filling level was 76.4 percent, 0.7 percentage points less than the previous day.
The filling levels in Germany have been falling overall since January 9th.
Before that, data had been stored for more than two weeks, which is unusual for the time of year.
According to the German Weather Service, temperatures are expected to rise slightly from next week.
Storage compensates for fluctuations
The storage facilities compensate for fluctuations in gas consumption and thus form a buffer system for the market.
The filling levels usually decrease after the start of the heating period in autumn.
On the morning of November 14, a fill level of 100 percent was recorded.
The EU Commission wants the member states to strive for an EU-wide level of 55 percent on February 1st, if the winter months are not colder than average.
Gas continues to flow permanently through pipeline imports to Germany, on Tuesday according to the Federal Network Agency from Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Germany now also receives natural gas via LNG terminals on German coasts.