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According to Robert Habeck (Greens), Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK), the share of Russian gas in German gas imports has been reduced by 20 percent.
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by Kalte Sonne

Is Germany’s dependence on Russian gas really decreasing? Business Insider has some exciting thoughts on this.

“But 20 percent less gas imports – the equivalent of well over eleven billion cubic meters of natural gas – from Russia, just by concluding new contracts? This narrative is causing irritation in the energy industry for several reasons.

On the one hand, because the amount of gas imports from Russia remains stable. This is shown by the situation reports of the Federal Network Agency. Especially the gas flows via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, through which a large part of the Russian natural gas is routed to Germany, are without major fluctuations at just under 1800 gigawatt hours per day. The same applies to the Megal pipeline, which transports around 800 gigawatt hours of natural gas from Russia to Germany every day. Although a large amount of this gas has been in German gas storage facilities since the beginning of March, this does not explain why the share of Russian gas in natural gas imports is said to have fallen overall.”

The article does not assume that it is possible to do without Russian gas in the short term.

“And so a spokesman for the German energy supplier Uniper writes at the request of Business Insider: “For our company and for Germany as a whole: A short-term renunciation of Russian gas is not possible, this would have dramatic consequences for our economy.”

Read more at Business Insider.

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As expected, the German Environmental Aid DUH sees things quite differently. In an interview with the Lübecker Nachrichten (paywall), Managing Director Müller-Kraenner does not give the planned LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel a chance. The DUH sees massive overcapacities and refers to the German Institute for Economic Research DIW. That sounds like a kind of citation cartel. Quite apart from this, the calculation skills of the DIW in terms of energy are well known. And something else is interesting. Müller-Kraenner is bothered by the simplified or accelerated procedure used by the federal government in the case of LNG terminals. Exactly the process with which the expansion of wind and solar power is to be accelerated and which the DUH otherwise loudly cheers.