Suffocating in summer and freezing in winter is not energy efficiency

Suffocating in summer and freezing in winter is not energy efficiency

“You’re always tellin’ me what to do, nag, I just can’t seem to get rid of you, nag” Arthur Crier.

Energy efficiency is producing and generating the same or greater goods and services with less energy use. Imposing restrictive measures is not energy efficiency, but control and with a collection objective – fining more. There is no justification for these interventionist measures that dominate the headlines are imposed by Spain or any other country.

The decision to shut down buildings at night has very little impact on natural gas demand and huge impact on safety. The demand for natural gas on a typical summer day already falls between 20 and 25% between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. (Enagás data). However, “electric power and adequate lighting, in addition to improving urban life, have an additional effect: reducing the crime rate at night” according to Ariel Yépez, head of the Energy Division of the Inter-American Development Bank.

The solution to a supply risk it is to increase diversification and sources of supply, not repression.

We cannot forget that the same people who tell us that we have to take off our ties and put the air conditioning at 27 degrees have created a diplomatic conflict with Algeria, our largest supplier of natural gas, and with this the Algerian gas leading to Spain having to consume gas from Russia that it did not consume before.

Imposing restrictive measures is not energy efficiency, but control

The minister Raquel Sánchez has called “Putin’s Gallic village” to the Community of Madrid for rejecting unnecessary measures and counterproductive. Interestingly, the disastrous diplomatic management of the government with the conflict between Algeria and Morocco has led to Russian gas imports rising by 3.2% in the first half of 2022 compared to the first half of 2021 and imports have plummeted of Algerian gas 41%. Italy, meanwhile, closed agreements with Algeria to strengthen supply.

The solution is to close many more bilateral treaties and trade agreements with other natural gas suppliers, continue to develop wind and solar power, strengthen and extend the life of nuclear power plants, and develop our natural gas reserves, which is prohibited.

Spain is the only country in Europe that maintains the schedule for closing nuclear power plants when until Germany is considering extending the useful life of those that are underway.

If we want to improve efficiency and consumption, what must be done is to invest in technology, not to multiply the current cost that supposes a much higher energy consumption.

From a global demand and supply point of view, the set of announced limitations does not make sense. European demand for natural gas exceeds 549 bcm per year. Europe imports 150bcm a year from Russia. Reducing demand artificially by 15% – if at all – has very little impact on the global supply-demand balance, as it is absorbed by China, India and others, yet has a huge impact on the European economy. It is worse.

If we want to improve efficiency and consumption, what must be done is to invest in technology

Spain consumes about 32 bcm of gas. Cutting 10% is completely irrelevant for Russia, for the world and for the natural gas market. Moreover, it is irrelevant to the trade deficit of our country -or the European Union- because at the time it was announced that Europe was going to limit gas demand, prices rose between 4.5% and 5%. Temporarily and artificially limiting the demand for natural gas only harms the implementer and perpetuates long-term use. The economy contracts, but the energy mix does not change.

Stop consuming 15% of gas does not hurt Putin. On July 24, a historical record was reached for the sale of natural gas by Gazprom, the Russian gas company, to China, and Chinese consumption via gas pipeline has skyrocketed in the last twelve months, since the invasion of Ukraine, China has imported more than 25 billion dollars of energy products from Russia and in June those imports increased by 72% over the previous year.

The The European Union seems to take energetic measures thinking that the rest of the world does not exist. It is impossible to think of an energy embargo on Russia while the rest of the world, Asia in particular, takes advantage of the discounts offered to consume greater quantities from Russia. In the first six months of 2022, Russia’s trade surplus has ballooned to an all-time high of $135 billion on exports of $154 billion.

Contracting Europe’s demand for natural gas has done nothing for the global supply-demand balance. Natural gas demand in Europe is down 10% in the first six months of 2022 according to the IEA and the impact on the balance of global supply and demand is negligible and much less on the price of the raw material.

As I have mentioned, the European Union accounts for 549 bcm of global gas demand. China and Asia Pacific are 907 bcm and global demand is 4,083 bcm according to the IEA. Artificially cutting 15% of European gas demand does not amount to 2% of world demand and does not reduce dependence on Russian gas at all.

Limiting consumption from legal repression only seeks to collect more via fines and generates the opposite effect to what is sold. Why? By limiting consumption artificially and temporarily from the legal repression, only two things are achieved: On the one hand, worsen the economy and on the other hand, that energy consumption is perpetuated in the long term since neither the technological innovation that does not allow efficiency or a change in the economic pattern. In fact, what the government calls “energy efficiency policies” are tax collection policies and non-existent impact.

Studies on the perverse effect of false energy efficiency measures are clear. “They cannot possibly contain or stop the changing dynamics of energy demand or the changing practice complexes on which it depends,” explains Elizabeth Shove.

A government that torpedoes the supply of our main partner in natural gas, closes nuclear power plants, imposes taxes on the companies that invest the most in solar and wind power and introduces constant legal uncertainty in energy investment with random and harmful regulatory changes it cannot require citizens to suffocate in summer and freeze in winter.

It doesn’t make any sense to require citizens to peel from the cold in winter and suffocate from heat in summer while the biggest increase in public spending ceiling in years is announced. That’s huge power consumption.

If they want to reduce energy consumption, they should cut the enormous public spending and the more than 60,000 million annually in inefficiency in said expense that reflects the IEE. That is a huge energy consumption.

Source: Elespanol

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