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Germany cuts street lighting amid energy crisis

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Starting today, several cities in Germany will turn off their main buildings, while public lighting will also be affected as one of the saving measures in the face of the energy crisis that the country is experiencing.

The German capital stopped lighting some historical monuments and municipal buildings, such as the Victory Column and the City Hall, while the cathedral of the city of Cologne will also turn off its lights.

Some regions introduced public lighting on demand – when pedestrians or cyclists use the roads they will be illuminated – thanks to sensor technology, to which is added the outage of traffic lights, as another of the government’s restrictive measures .

Meanwhile, the city of Hannover, in northwestern Germany, reduced its energy consumption by 15 percent, limiting the temperature in municipal buildings to a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius.

Likewise, the administration stopped lighting the museums at night and hot water no longer circulates in the condominium showers and sports halls.

At the beginning of June, Germany imported 35 percent of its gas from Russia, a country under sanctions by the European Union due to the military operation in Ukraine, measures that became a boomerang for the old continent, by further tightening the gas market. hydrocarbons.

Only the German nation depends on these shipments to guarantee 50 percent of domestic heating, an issue that generates uncertainty for next winter and forces savings measures to be taken now, to protect reserves with a view to that moment.

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