SCHAAN – On Tuesday, the companies and major customers of the Liechtenstein power plants received a letter inviting them to participate in a prevention campaign in the event that electricity should run out in the country. As the trucks emphasize, there is currently no need to worry.
Liechtenstein is currently not in a power shortage, even IF this topic has been taken up again and again in recent weeks by the media and in the state parliament in relation to the negotiations between Switzerland and the EU. At the moment there is enough electricity available and it doesn’t look like that will change in the near future, and if so, then certainly not overnight, the trucks emphasize in their broadcast.
Why do the trucks send such a letter to the companies? The pandemic has shown how susceptible and dependent on our economy is functioning production capacities and supply chains – we are just getting an insight into the challenges a society faces in a “special situation”, i.e. the truck’s answer. This calls on companies to familiarize themselves with future changes in the energy supply and to write down how they can share their own electricity consumption, so that the necessary operation can become energetic even in the event of a power shortage.
The trucks send this letter according to their own information on the instructions of the OSTRAL (Organization for Power Supply in Extraordinary Situations), which works on behalf of the national economic supply. OSTRAL is organized as a commission in the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies (VSE), to which LKW is also a member as the responsible network operator in the Principality of Liechtenstein. OSTRAL has set itself the goal of sensitizing large consumers to the event of a power shortage.
Rethink energy saving measures
It is currently primarily an awareness-raising campaign, so it is important that. For example, fewer machines could be running at the same time in a print shop, escalators could be turned off in a shopping center, or the lighting could be reduced at certain times. The electricity is not simply switched off, but the government calls on companies to save a certain amount of electricity over a certain period of time if there is a power shortage.
Gerald Marxer, Chairman of the Management Board, will therefore reassure you: “Even if such a situation might have short-term or visible effects, nobody has to. The point is to find out in advance that you should note that in an emergency you can temporarily do without so that electricity can be saved. Together with Switzerland, we will be able to secure our electricity supply even in an extraordinary situation. “