A blackout is only a matter of time, was also the conclusion of an event of the eXXpress premium club with digitization state secretary Florian Tursky (ÖVP) – (report follows). However, it is more likely than a widespread power failure that there will be more local failures. Experiences that Viennese have recently had when it remained dark several times in individual districts.
Such local blackouts are already part of everyday life in one European country: Kosovo. Of course, it is also one of the poorest countries on the continent. Inadequate power generation has long plagued Kosovo. But the start of the first blackouts on the continent this month could prove a prelude to wealthier parts of Europe.
The preparations for an emergency are sometimes reminiscent of a race against the inevitable. But the fact is that official Austria is always better prepared for a blackout. But it is different in the civilian population. While critical infrastructure is always better protected, private households themselves are called upon to take precautions in the event of a longer power outage. The eXXpress has already explained to you how best to do this.
A new cooperation between the Armed Forces and the high-voltage network operator Austrian Power Grid (APG) is intended to ensure the power supply in times of crisis. Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner (ÖVP) and the company signed a corresponding contract on Friday. In the event of a crisis, APG is to ensure the continued supply of electricity while the army protects the critical infrastructure.
In international comparison, Austria’s power supply is very secure, but not as secure as it used to be. The energy transition was “entered with ideology and euphoria”, says Gerhard Christiner, CTO of the transmission system operator APG. But the necessary accompanying measures were not taken and network expansion was neglected. A Blackout has become more likely, but could also be brought under control more quickly than it was ten years ago. If you used to reckon with days after a blackout when starting up, you can now restore the supply within hours.