A general view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Sept.14 2021. (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP)

EU has Enough Gas for Winter, but will Consider Join Gas Storage

European Union countries have enough gas in storage to go through the winter, but the surge in gas prices shows the need to quickly switch to renewable sources and analyse the idea of a strategic EU gas storage and joint buying, European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said.
“Gas underground storage is above 73% across Europe. This level is lower than the ten year average, but adequate to cover the winter season needs,” she told European Parliament.
Speaking in a debate on the surging gas prices that hit the poorest EU citizens, impact business investment decisions and threaten to slow down economic recovery, Simson said she would present a plan to reform the gas market by the end of the year.
“By the end of the year, I will propose a reform of the gas market, and will review in that context issues around storage and security of supply,” she said.
She said that while the long-term response to the rise in gas prices was to increase the production of power from renewable sources, in the short term EU governments could provide targeted support to consumers, direct payments to those most at risk of energy poverty, cut energy taxes and shift charges to general taxation.
The Commission is to present a list of such measures that are in line with EU laws next week.

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