Lemke wants to protect consumers from electricity and gas lockouts
What will happen if Germany runs out of gas? This coming winter, the Minister of Consumer Rights Protection is calling for a moratorium, which offers special protection in case of a crisis.
In case of further aggravation of the energy crisis, with significantly higher prices, Consumer Rights Protection Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) considers a moratorium on electricity and gas cuts necessary.
“It could happen that in an absolute crisis, the Federal Grid Agency allows energy companies to pass on high prices to consumers despite the price guarantee,” Lemke told Bild am Sonntag. If this were to happen, a moratorium on electricity and gas outages would be required.
On the one hand, it is necessary to ensure that the suppliers can maintain the energy supply in the country, said Lemke. “And on the other hand, in such a crisis situation, no one should turn off the light or gas because they have a debt. Gas supply is currently secured, but one should be prepared for “hard times” in winter, when consumers need special protection.
Considering the impending shortage of gas and high electricity prices, the Association of Cities and Municipalities proposed the creation of heating rooms. “Since no one can say for sure how dramatic the development will be, attention should also be paid to providing heat islands or warm rooms where especially the elderly can stay even in very cold winter,” CEO Gerd Landsberg told the newspaper.