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Discussion > Energiewende - saving the Planet?

Now it is windfarm generated electricity being criticised:
NoTricksZone: German Energy Expert Shreds Wind Power: “Everyone’s Loses With Wind Energy”!
Ahlborn says that 80% of German wind parks are making losses. In the German state of Hesse, for example, “not a single newly installed wind park has yielded what was promised. These yields are up to 20% below what was forecast. And the biggest losers are all of us. All of us!”

The problem, Ahlborn elaborates, is that 25% of the wind energy that gets produced is “waste energy”, energy that cannot be used because there is no demand for it. This waste energy ends up getting dumped onto other foreign markets, so much so that neighboring countries have implemented measures to block it out. Ahlborn then says:

The real scandal is that this power gets sold at negative prices, or below market prices and needs to be disposed of at a fee.”

Sep 9, 2017 at 8:32 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

If you can ignore the George Monbiot-isms, there are some pearls in his Guardian article that show that Germany's Energiewende is not so wunderbar :
NotALotOfPeopleKnowThat: Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel

And in this off topic article:
Express: Angela Merkel embroiled in refugee scandal in huge blow days before German election

there was this, with highlights by me:
The report by the Bundestag Scientific Office - a team of non party political legal experts - stated it is the role of the Bundestag to decide on all "matters of essential relevance to the state".

It's a variation on that long running soap, the Mann v. Steyn case, and at least they are supposed to be 'non-party'.

Sep 22, 2017 at 12:42 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

It is all a bit repetitive ...

NoTricksZone: Leading German Economics Professor Calls Germany’s Energiewende An Energy Policy Calamity
In a recently released video interview by journalist Jörg Rehmann, University of Magdeburg economics professor Joachim Weimann explains why renewable energies have been a terrible idea for Germany so far.
Recently a high ranking expert commission set up by the German government even sharply criticized the German Energiewende (transition to renewable energies), saying it was leading the country down the wrong path. But as Prof. Weimann explains, the commission’s results fell on deaf ears.

Oct 3, 2017 at 6:38 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

I haven't seen any suggestion that Merkel has yet managed to stitch up a coalition. With the main partners touted being a business-friendly party and the Greens (who seem to have opposing programmes), and the SPD no longer willing to play ball, things could soon be as interesting in Germany as they are in Spain.

Oct 4, 2017 at 7:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Mark Hodgson

Greens should have a Government Health Warning attached, for the benefit of those Politicians who want to be in, and stay in Government.

If only Merkel, Germany and the EU had worked that out, a decade or so ago.

Oct 4, 2017 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

NoTricksZone: Industry Group Warns German “Electricity Prices To Rise Significantly”, Fueled By Green Energies!
"One thing is clear: Germans were fooled and deceived by politicians and activists into thinking that the transition to renewable energies would not cost much, reduce pollutants, create a clean environment, improve the climate and create many jobs.

None of these have come true."

Oct 14, 2017 at 5:46 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

German wind industry “threatening to implode” as subsidies end wiping out half or more of new plants

"In Germany as 20 years of wind subsidies comes to an end in 2020, half to three quarters of the industry may disappear.
So many parallels with Australia. The Germans have had wind subsidies for 20 years, but even after two decades of support, the industry is still not profitable on a stand-alone basis. In 2016, some 4600MW of new wind plants were installed, but that may drop to one quarter as much by 2019 as subsidies shrink. According to Pierre Gosselin (August 31st, 2017) there are more wind protests, electricity prices are “skyrocketing” and “the grid has become riddled with inefficiencies and has become increasingly prone to grid collapses from unstable power feed in.”
Even socialists in Germany are talking about coal being essential:

Comeback coal

Yesterday at the East German Energy Forum in Leipzig, both the centrist CDU and the SPD socialists were in agreement: brown coal (lignite) must remain a part of Germany’s energy mix, the online Lausitzer Rundschau writes. Speaking before 400 industry representatives, Brandenburg’s Minister President Dietmar Woidke (SPD) complained that green energies are foremost “unreliable energy sources“.

The Germans appear to be way ahead. The socialists in Australia still talk about coal as if it were an anti-christ-dinosaur.

Oct 18, 2017 at 4:20 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher