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A new platform provides access to current data on gas and electricity consumption in Austria, gas storage levels, energy prices and gas savings. Anyone who wants to can keep up to date with the latest developments in this way.

The current energy crisis poses a major challenge for all of us - and many are probably asking themselves what the situation is regarding secure energy supplies in Austria this winter. At energie.wifo.ac.at, Peter Reschenhofer (WIFO) and Johannes Schmidt (BOKU) compile daily updated energy data on energy supply to allow all interested parties to better assess the current situation.

The data show daily updated Austrian gas and electricity consumption compared to previous years, the storage status of gas storage facilities and current wholesale prices for energy. Taken together, the wealth of data enables an assessment of current energy saving efforts in Austria, short-term security of supply in the gas sector and the price situation in the energy sector.

"We also publish temperature-adjusted estimates of gas savings. These show, for example, that gas savings by households and businesses were offset by increased use of gas in electricity production - yet gas consumption was very low in comparison due to high temperatures," said Johannes Schmidt of BOKU's Institute for Sustainable Economic Development. Currently, the two scientists are also developing a graph to put current gas consumption in relation to official scenarios of gas availability. "The starting situation for the winter is relatively positive: storage facilities are very well filled both in Europe as a whole and in Austria - and are still filling up, whereas in previous years storage withdrawals were already carried out at the beginning of November," explains Peter Reschenhofer of WIFO. However, a very cold winter and the cessation of all remaining gas supplies from Russia could dramatically worsen the situation. energy.abteil.org is intended to make a small contribution to informing the population about the current situation - and possibly also to encourage changes in behavior.



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Johannes Schmidt
Institute for Sustainable Economic Development
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna
E-mail: johannes.schmidt(at)boku.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 47654 – 73118

Dipl.-Inform. Mag. Peter Reschenhofer
WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research
E-mail: peter.reschenhofer(at)wifo.ac.at