Robert Habeck’s impressive understanding of economics is already legendary: anyone who no longer produces and therefore does not generate any income is not automatically insolvent – he can start production again at some point, according to his logic. German grid operators already seem to be taking this as an example: They want to take away the fear of power failures in autumn and winter from consumers and reassure them: if there is no electricity, it is not a blackout in the true sense of the word. At some point the current will definitely flow again!
A comment by Vanessa Renner
On the Website of the network operator Amprion, this reads very positively at first: “Why we don’t expect a blackout in winter” – that is the title of a corresponding article. The information contained therein was also published in a thread on Twitter.
A blackout (commonly used as a synonym for a power failure) is defined there as an uncontrolled collapse of the power grid in large parts of continental Europe. Hooray: you don’t count on that! However – the German citizens could unfortunately very well be without electricity in winter:
What Amprion describes is commonly referred to as Brownout. Targeted load shedding is the last possible measure to stabilize the system when the power grid is overloaded – and thus the last resort with which one tries to prevent an impending large-scale power failure (i.e. a blackout). Amprion promises that this will be done “non-discriminatory” (both companies and private individuals will be affected) and limited in time and region. However: How should a network operator be able to promise the latter?
Blackout expert Herbert Saurugg is extremely critical of this – he commented on Twitter:
Saurugg repeatedly warns of the massive infrastructure damage that such controlled power cuts can result in. The consequence of these interventions is a further destabilization of the entire system – at Puls24 he recently discussed the seriousness of the situation:
In the interview, he also warns that a region could have to be disconnected from the power grid again within a few hours – Faster than the system even had time to fully boot up again.
The Habeck logic is likely to fall on the toes of overly optimistic network operators – as well as all those citizens who, despite the looming crisis, are not making any preparations. Panic is certainly not good advice, but a certain amount of precaution for emergencies seems increasingly appropriate when even the network operators are now preparing citizens to “temporarily” have to do without electricity.