German Wind Power Goes Completely AWOL 11 Times in the Last 80 Days


So, that’s why we abandoned wind power in the 19th Century?!?


German Wind Power Goes Completely AWOL For The 11th Time This Year … Fossils, Nuclear Again To The Rescue!
Pierre Gosselin
20 March 2015

It’s a good thing Germany still has a lot of conventional power supply from coal and nuclear on line. Otherwise the entire country would have blacked out this morning during the partial eclipse of the sun. Conventional fuel saved the day.

As the following diagram depicts, there was almost no wind output from Germany’s 40 or so gigawatts of installed wind capacity over the last 36 hours. The country’s wind turbines called it an early weekend.

As the following diagram depicts, there was almost no wind output from Germany’s 40 or so gigawatts of installed wind capacity over the last 36 hours. The country’s wind turbines called it an early weekend.


Wind energy (blue) disappeared over the last 36 hours. Solar disappears every night, and often during the day in the wintertime. Often less than 1% of Germany’s electrical demand gets supplied by wind and sun.


German wind and solar power disappeared this morning and over the last 36 hours, leaving fossil and nuclear power to step in to the rescue. The following chart of Germany’s energy supply and demand shows how wind has gone AWOL already 11 times since January 1 [click on the graph for a detailed view]:



The point here is that it doesn’t matter how much wind and solar capacity gets installed. Once the wind stops blowing and the sun does’t shine, which is often enough, you get no power – period. Imagine if a doctor sold you an artificial heart that could run for 100 years, yet the heart pumped only sporadically, sometimes at only a beat or two a minute over for hours or even days. So it is with wind and solar energy. Our society needs a steady and constant supply; it can’t afford to constatntly stall and sputter, otherwise it collapses and dies.

Lapses and wild fluctuations in wind and sun energy are common. Power companies asked large consumers such as aluminum smelters, cement plants and glass manufacturers to ramp down their production before the event. That would not have been necessary with conventional power.


studying candle

Q: what did Germans use before candles? A: electricity.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  2. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    At this present moment in time turbines across the Grid here are working harder than they have for quite sometime. Lake Bonney 2 in the South East of SA is managing 96% of their 159MW capacity, Canunda near by is doing 90% of 46MW, the other turbines in the Lake Bonney system seem to be not registering anything. However, we are in the throws of wind conditions which are near gale force with some gusts exceeding 50kph.

    Portland to the East in Victoria is doing 82% of 164MW, and MacArthur is recording 92% of 420MW, it can be seen that to get anywhere near capacity we have to have severe weather conditions, and the wind needs to be a steady almost if not gale force before we can expect them to provide anything like their reported capacity. Should the companies and turbine manufacturers be compelled to state the ‘average’ capacity rather than the unreliable highest capacity?

    Obviously we cannot expect to run a country let alone a single home relying on wind energy, it is far too fickle.

    After all Lake Bonney 2, 23 hours ago was recording 30% of the 159MW capacity, Canunda 71% of its 46MW’s, Portland 45% of 164MW and MacArthur 20% of its 420MW’s.

    12 hours earlier Lake Bonney 2, 0%, Canunda 0%, Portland 1% and MacArthur 0%.

    At that time around 11.30pm turbines across the grid were recording a ‘wonderful’ 2.91% or 247MW’s!!

    Obviously they could have been doing better at other times throughout the day but for that point in time where was the energy coming from?

    Yes it was at night but I doubt if 247MW would be sufficient to supply the needs of the whole grid at that time.

  3. Curt Widlund says:


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