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Network Agency boss Müller: "You have to take advantage of the summer"

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In his own words, the President of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, assumes that the gas storage facilities will be fully filled in just a few months. "If all goes well, we will have full storage facilities in late summer," Müller told the newspapers of the Funke media group. However, the energy crisis is not yet over, he stressed.

"If it's going to be a cold winter in Europe, we'll be happy when we've taken good precautions again. Also because we have to show solidarity with our European neighbours," Müller warned. Consumers should also make preparations for the winter now, he appealed. Installing a new heating system, insulating the house or having the landlord carry out a hydraulic balancing of the heating system saves money in any case. This applies to both owners and tenants: "You have to use the summer to make your house or apartment winter-proof."

Müller described it as "absolutely unrealistic" that Germany could significantly expand its storage capacities. Our size and geology don't give us any more," he explained.

Müller defended the purchase of gas at high prices last year. "We had no other choice and other European countries were also buying gas at that time," said the head of the network agency. The decision was the right one in view of the initial situation at the time. Currently, the market regulates prices on its own.