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EU Tells Citizens to Save Energy Now to Avoid Pain Later

  • Businesses, households should cut back on cooling this summer
  • Nord Stream 1 pipeline has been shut for Russian maintenance
A storage tank at the gas receiving compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany.

A storage tank at the gas receiving compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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The European Union must start prioritizing saving energy this summer in order to avoid industry having to reduce power usage next winter, according to energy commissioner Kadri Simson.

A full cut off of Russian gas supplies would make it “difficult” for the bloc to fill gas storage sites to the 80% threshold required by the start of November, Simson said in a Bloomberg Television interview Tuesday. Citizens and businesses should not cool buildings as much as in previous years over the next few months in order to save power ahead of the winter, she said.