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Discussion > Energiewende - saving the Planet?

The DPA German press agency reported yesterday on the rapidly spreading energy poverty now engulfing the country.

The main driver is Germany’s skyrocketing electricity prices – primarily due to the legally mandatory feeding-in of wind and solar power. Currently regular household consumers are paying nearly 30 cents a kilowatt-hour – almost three times the rate paid in the USA
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Back to the 19th century
Many households are no longer able to afford electricity and are seeing themselves catapulted back to the 19th century. According to t-online.de [see article for link] here, “More than 330,000 households in Germany have seen their electricity cut off over the past year alone.”

The German site writes that those hit the hardest are households on welfare, i.e. society’s poorest and most vulnerable.

German politician Eva Bulling-Schröter of the Left Party has called it “a silent catastrophe“.

Not only have the poor been broadsided by the high electricity prices, but so have energy intensive industries. This all makes many average workers uneasy. Over the past years a number of German plants have been moving their operations to less expensive locations abroad, especially in the chemical industry. Traditional power companies have also been getting creamed, seeing billions of losses and thousands of layoffs.
NoTricksZone: Germany’s “Silent Catastrophe” …330,000 Households See Power Turned Off In One Year

Does this information appear in the MSM? I doubt it.

Mar 3, 2017 at 4:34 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Robert Christopher, if it does appear on the BBC, it will be a wonderful feel-good factor piece, about how German efficiency has reduced total use of electricity, and why they can do without reliable coal and nuclear powerstations.

The average German household is not as gullible as the BBC assumes the average British household is. Fortunately, Germany has an election coming up, and German Politicians can justify their actions before then.

Mar 3, 2017 at 5:25 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Where's Phil to tell us, again, that the German people are as entranced now as they were a decade ago with their energy foolishness?
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Mar 3, 2017 at 6:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Former Supervisory Board Chairman of German chemicals giant BASF Jürgen Hambrecht has “sharply criticized” the German government for “deceiving the public and giving them the runaround” when it comes to the Energiewende, reports the online N24/Die Welt here [link in article]
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The German daily wrote in the photo caption that Hambrecht “is furious about government political information being totally disconnected from reality“.

He describes the German political environment as one that has been hijacked by emotional thinking and fear, with facts being left on the wayside.

The 70-year old executive, who recently joined the FDP Free Democrat Party, told N24/Die Welt that German competitiveness “is acutely at risk” — and what is especially irritating is the massive taxpayer-paid disinformation recently put out by the the Ministry of Economics in a brochure claiming page after page that the country’s Energiewende [transition to renewable energies] was a “success story”.

Hambrecht says the brochure in fact “has little to do with reality” and that the truth is:
The Energiewende is a huge botch. The costs continue to rise and the supply stability will be at extreme risk if we phase out coal and gas after ending nuclear. That annoys me a immensely as the citizens are being deceived and given the runaround.”

NoTricksZone: BASF Executive Calls German Energiewende A “Huge Botch”…Government “Deceiving The Public”

Merkel is up to her neck in this, but surely the other Established Parties are too.

Mar 4, 2017 at 2:42 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Merkel is up to her neck in this, but surely the other Established Parties are too.

Mar 4, 2017 at 2:42 PM | Robert Christopher

They can discuss it in their forthcoming elections. Though Merkel may not want to get involved.

Reds, turned Green, but are now covered in Brown smelly stuff.

Mar 4, 2017 at 3:15 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"Vahrenholt was once the head of RWE’s renewable energy arm, Innogy, and responsible for the installation of offshore wind parks. However, after years of poor performance, discovering that the climate science was unclean, and learning of the harm wind parks pose to the environment, Vahrenholt has since been calling for a fundamental energy policy course correction in Germany."
NoTricksZone: Leading Renewable Energy Expert Says Germany Sacrificing Nature For “Green” Energies

Mar 5, 2017 at 6:39 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

They are going down like nine pins:
The ‘Energiewende’ (transition to green energies) risks leading to a complete meltdown of Germany’s power generation sector.

The latest news is that German electricity giant Eon expects to post a massive 12.4 billion euro loss for the year 2016, NTV news site writes here. Careful not to link the loss to Germany’s failing renewable energy bid, NTV blames it on Eon subsidiary Uniper and its write-downs for “spun-off nuclear power plant business” and the “strongly fallen wholesale power prices“.
Eon share prices plummeted from €7.57 a share earlier this weak to €6.98 by early Thursday morning, before clawing back up to €7.15 in Friday trading.
The figure is only a preliminary estimate, and the final figure will be released on March 15. But the Handelsblatt writes that the loss could even be higher: “It’s going to be even higher,” say those within the company.
The Handelsblatt reports that “at least 1000 jobs” are planned to be slashed by Eon in an effort to get the cost situation under control.
NoTricksZone: German Power Sector In Massive Trauma As Electricity Giant EON Set To Post Colossal €12.4 BILLION Loss!

Mar 10, 2017 at 3:06 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Mar 10, 2017 at 3:06 PM | Robert Christopher

If Energiewende scandals, incompetence and power failures cause further embarrassment to the Merkel Government, a large German Green Miste may smother the EU.

Mar 10, 2017 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie