Germany's Plan to Drop Russian Gas

A short newsletter for Grist features commentary by Senior Fellow Dallas Burtraw about Germany's decarbonization goals.

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March 2, 2022

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The [German] economy ministry’s proposed legislation, which is still in draft form, includes other measures to safeguard Germany’s energy security, including requirements that national gas reserve facilities be at least 90 percent filled as temperatures drop in December. Dallas Burtraw, a senior fellow for the nonprofit think tank Resources for the Future, said that Germany may need this natural gas — plus other energy sources, like hydrogen storage and hydropower imported from Norway via undersea power cable — until it can develop the capacity to provide wind and solar power around the clock, using batteries and demand management strategies to dispatch supply effectively.

“Germany has very ambitious goals on this front,” Burtraw told me. “It’s an exciting time, but it’s going to be a challenge for sure.”

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