Germany and ‘renewables’ not a good match

Germany and ‘renewables’ not a good match

Citing a recent estimate from a leading German economic think tank, the business daily Handelsblatt reported Monday that annual costs of 28 billion euros per year were being handed down to German consumers for the Energiewende.

That means an average household, or one that consumes some 3,500 kilowatt hours in a year, pays about 270 euros annually for Germany’s pivot toward green energy.

“The energy transition began with the assumptions that energy costs in this country would remain manageable and remain internationally competitive. Neither have materialized,” Barbara Minderjahn, the chief of Germany’s Association of the Energy and Power Industry (VIK), told Handelsblatt.

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When Politics Come Up Against Reality


sigh… How to destroy your nation 101

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2015/03/germany-faces-nuclear-shutdown-conundrum.html

PEI report on the mess that Germany has made with nuclear power:

The prospect of the German taxpayer paying to cover nuclear reactor shutdowns is a live one as utilities continue to struggle, according to a government report.
As part of the country’s
Energiewende (energy transition) policy, Angela Merkels government decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022 but the expense involved in storing the waste and decommissioning the plants may prove beyond power companies.
Utility executives say more specifics on plans are needed.

Merkel

“There are still no clear answers to many fundamental questions involving final and intermediate storage, dismantling [reactors] and transporting radioactive waste,” said Frank Mastiaux, chief executive of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, one of Germany’s largest utility companies. “Concrete concepts have long been promised, but there is nothing yet in sight.”
That move forced EnBW and Germany’s other big…

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The bleak future of solar power

The bleak future of solar power

Yet another red flag for the ‘energy for free’ cult. Unfortunately still billions will be spent before it sinks in that the laws of thermodynamics continue to dominate the macro cosmos. No perpetuum mobile such as ‘renewable energy’ can exist. One way or another the transformation of energy from one form to another comes with losses and they cost money. Some form of transformation are very efficient, logically direct matter/energy transformation is most efficient. Quite efficient is the oxidation of stored energy such as in fossil fuels, or the use of gravity in the form of hydro.

Anything after that gets to be less and less efficient with solar and wind energy about the most inefficient. I could post all kinds of reasons why but i prefer to just point at reality, the clear examples of where the ‘renewables’ fail in various implementations, in various nations.

Here on my blog i posted dozens of real life examples already and here is yet another:

Australia: Solar experts claim multi-billion dollar subsidies wasted on cheap and dodgy panels

More Australians are buying cheap rooftop solar panels that fail long before their promised lifespan, prompting claims a federal rebate scheme needs to be overhauled to prevent dodgy systems receiving public subsidies.

Solar industry experts say lax rules covering the scheme – which provides incentives of up to $4350 for a $5500 rooftop system – mean it is not always delivering the environmental benefits promised.

They blame an explosion of cheap, mainly Chinese-produced solar panels that have flooded the market over the past five years that are failing to provide the 15 years of clean power expected. Installers in four states told Fairfax Media that the worst systems stopped working within 12 months, with others “falling apart” within two or three years.

Problems reported include silicon that cannot stand up to the Australian sun, water egress in panels, fires and defective inverters. The term “landfill solar” is used in the industry to describe dodgy solar systems of uncertain origin.

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Here the attempt to reduce cost of solar panels to acceptable (economically viable) levels results in proof how solar just isn’t going to be so. Millions of subsidies (and who pays them the receivers evidently are not bright enough to understand) are necessary to keep the price per kW/h somewhat within the upper region.

Where France’s nuclear reactors pump out steady, reliable, safe energy at prices in the lowest regions nations like Denmark, Germany, Britain now depend on dodgy unreliable expensive power at top prices. And than still not being to able to diminish the stated goal of  CO2 output by any meaningful amount.

Luckily so for the plants and thereby our food supply CO2 does still rise but what a waste of money. With the amounts thrown away at the pipedream of ‘renewable’ energy all subsistence farmers in the world could have been provided with the means to become surplus producers.

The folly of man knows no bounds.

Cost of renewable energy infrastructure over €600 billion

Cost of renewable energy infrastructure over €600 billion

Astonishing figures show that the total cost of renewable energy infrastructure in Europe to the end of 2012 came to over €600 billion, excluding additional fees for grid connections and upgrades.

And this enormous sum is one and a half times the cost of twice bailing out the Greek economy, which came to €320 billion and the Irish economy with a €70 billion loan, the Irish Energy Blog has calculated.

With Alexis Tsipras in Brussels meeting European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker to discuss the refinancing of the country’s debt, it should be hard to believe that the financial prison the Greek people have been living in could have been spent in a worse fashion. But the money for on and off shore wind turbines and solar panels has not contributed to any meaningful reduction in political energy targets nor has it benefitted households: in fact, it has led to the reverse with higher bills and a less stable supply of energy, essential in a modern economy for both practicality and security.

In the UK there is an average £68 added onto a family’s energy bills to subsidise projects such as wind farms and biomass plants, according to official analysis published last November. And these levies are set to more than double by 2020 and treble by 2030, figures show. These surcharges account for about five per cent on an annual energy bill of £1,369.

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German Renewable Energy Keeps Blacking Out

German Renewable Energy Keeps Blacking Out

What follows are German electrical power supply charts that clearly illustrate in no uncertain terms Prof. Vahrenholt’s points. To show just how unreliable wind and sun really are, the first chart shows Germany’s power production, broken down according to the respective sources, over the last 3 and half days:

Agora last 3 days
Electricity consumption
Power generation Germany vs date/time. Source
Dark blue – conventional power (fossil and nuclear)
Medium blue – wind
Yellow – solar
Green – biomass

Note how there has been a virtual blackout by sun and wind since December 3 as Germany’s weather has been dismally gray and windless over the period. Such conditions are not uncommon in Europe and can persist for 2 weeks or more.

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Wind power has been proven to be a disaster


In Germany at high wind electricity has a negative price, they have to pay their neighbors to please take the overload of their grid.

Windmill Boom Cuts Electricity Prices in Europe

However at low wind they have to buy electricity at spotprices and crank up coalfired powerstations on standby to produce power.

It’s all completely absurd.

Nice, especially if you have sunk 140 billion euro’s in your windfarms and now have to pay to get the electricity taken of your hands. Not exactly the smartest investment in the world.

Even more grating when your neighbors start to refuse to accept your electricity:
Poland closes border for German Electricity

Its a total mess, considering that Germany is in big trouble with their ambitious windprogram Germany’s Offshore Fiasco: North Sea Wind Offensive Plagued by Problems but they know where to get their money anyway, just up the price nationally German renewable surcharge to rise by 47 percent so just like Denmark Denmarks problem with wind they are now subsidizing the electricity of their neighbors by taxing their citizens and industry.

The concept of variable energy generation has been conclusively proven to be unworkable. In 10 to 20 years the generators need replacing, but with no revenue coming in they can’t even pay the original investment without supercharging the price rendering their economies incapable to compete with the many nations less obsessed with unreal doom-scenario’s.

Back to the drawing board.