Germany is facing a complete collapse of its power grid this winter due to the soaring demand for electric heaters amid growing fears gas supplies could be cut off.
Germans are now panic buying electric heaters after firewood supplies and stoves sold out, a desperate backup option to survive the plummeting winter temperatures.
But according to the boss of the Stadtwerke Wiesbaden Netz utility company, Peter Lautz, the sheer amount of citizens using electric heaters would put enormous strain on the country’s electricity grid.
Electric heaters use between 1,000 and 3,000 watts of energy, so when all are plugged in simultaneously, it could cause a massive overload and cause the grid to collapse.
“If everyone switched on a fan heater at home, it would mean that we would have to almost double the existing network structure on every street,” said Lautz.
Germans have bought 600,000 electric heaters already in 2022, which is a 35 percent increase from usual numbers, and that figure is likely to rise as temperatures drop.
Critical infrastructure is now facing massive strain as 20 million German ‘gas dependent’ homes are switching to electric heaters.
As Remix News reported:
“Blackouts would not just hit private households but also affect German infrastructure, including cash payment systems, mobile phone networks, and street lighting, said Martin Kleimaier from the Association of Electrical Engineering (VDE). These networks could also be down for long periods of time.”
One apparent solution is to switch to smart meters, which can be remotely controlled to prevent a power grid collapse.
Meanwhile, Germany’s biggest cities are preparing for an energy crisis this winter as the country prepares to limit heat, shut off warm water and lighting.
As The Daily Fetched previously reported:
The German city of Hanover is now scrambling to reduce its energy consumption by 15 percent.
The German government will prevent Hanover’s municipal buildings from using heating that exceeds a temperature of 68F.
The city has also banned mobile air conditioning units and fan heaters as the energy crisis looms.
The city’s residents must also adapt by taking cold showers at city-run facilities. Hanover will also shut off hot water in public buildings, swimming pools, and gyms.
Hanover Mayor and Green party member Belit Onay said, “The situation is unpredictable.”
“Every kilowatt hour counts, and protecting critical infrastructure has to be a priority,” Onay said.
“We are facing hard times due to the Russian aggression on Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, a prominent German official warned of riots in response to energy shortages, saying it would make anti-lockdown protests look like a “children’s party.”