EU pushes plan to limit gas consumption amid fears of Russian shut-off

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The European Union on Wednesday implored member countries to cut down on their use of natural gas as the bloc prepares for the possibility of restrictions on Russian supply.

The European Commission, the EU's executive body, on Wednesday released a plan asking countries to reduce consumption by 15 percent between Aug. 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 "compared with the five-year average for the same period," The Washington Post reports. The body's plan also asks governments to switch to alternative fuels, provides incentives for industries to cut consumption, and details ways consumers can reduce their impact when heating and cooling.

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