NRW Cities Light Up as Energy Saving Ordinance Expires

Energy Saving Ordinance expires: NRW cities turn on the lights again

Several cities in North Rhine-Westphalia are set to re-illuminate their landmarks following the expiry of the Energy Saving Ordinance on 15 April. The public buildings, monuments, and fountains of Aachen will again be lit, alongside the historic buildings of Bielefeld and Dortmund, the Cologne Cathedral, and 168 monuments and non-residential buildings in Düsseldorf. However, Münster and Essen are among the cities who’ve chosen to keep their representative buildings dark.

The Energy Saving Ordinance, which was implemented on 1 September 2022 in response to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, included restrictions on lighting, as well as reduced temperatures in public offices. The regulation, which was set to expire on 28 February, was extended until 15 April. Following this date, municipalities can decide whether to maintain a reduced energy usage policy.

Cologne is one city that’s decided to continue the policy, choosing to keep more than 130 buildings dark apart from the cathedral. Cologne’s City Manager Andrea Blome stated that lighting up the city would send a message that there’s an abundance of energy available, despite the current climate crisis. Cologne residents view the cathedral as much more than a monument.

The re-illumination of certain buildings will increase the quality of stay in those cities, and also strengthen the subjective feeling of security of the citizens, which had been selectively restricted by the measure. Lights in Düsseldorf alone have already saved around 4.6 million kilowatt hours of gas and 180,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

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