In the opinion of Austria’s Energy President Michael Strugl, the “multiple crises” such as climate change, the Ukraine war, inflation and the consequences of the corona pandemic will have a massive impact on the economy and especially on the energy industry. “We will experience something like war economy measures,” he said to Strugl at the “Austrian Energy Congress 2022”.
The energy industry is currently experiencing a situation similar to that of the healthcare system at the height of the corona pandemic. “The companies in the energy industry are in the pillory today, just like the health workers at the peak of the pandemic,” says Strugl. And that although the energy companies had helped “to enable relief, for example by not switching off or by providing additional funds to combat energy poverty”.
“Ultimately, this electricity price brake is something fundamentally sensible, to support people with a basic need and only then to let the market take effect again. For our company, this also means an enormous effort in the administration of these measures,” says Strugl.
Like health, energy is not suitable “for political games, not for populism, not for ideological quarrels”. At European level and nationally, solidarity is needed between the government and the opposition, the federal, state and local governments and social partners in order to secure the energy supply.
Leonore Gewessler’s climate ministry has repeatedly asserted that our gas storage facilities are sufficiently full for the winter. Nevertheless, tips for saving energy are regularly presented on the homepage. The oil reserves are also causing concerns among the population. Gewessler recently had to release 60,000 tons of diesel.