Europe Squanders $1.2 Trillion on Wind/Solar Subsidies & Still CO2 Emissions Soar

burnt Euros

If “saving” the planet is – as we are repeatedly told – all about reducing man-made emissions of an odourless, colourless, naturally occurring trace gas, essential for all life on earth – then European energy/environmental policy has manifestly failed. And what an expensive failure it is.

In the following pieces, the delicious term ‘irony’ springs to mind: a situation in which something which was intended to have a particular result has the opposite or a very different result.

The wind cult’s defence for crushing entire industries and whole economies, driving thousands insane with incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound, and for the slaughter of millions of birds and bats has run out of legs.

No longer can they claim that total economic, social and environmental havoc is all for the ‘greater good’.

The hundreds of $billions thrown as subsidies at wind and solar have abjectly failed to reduce emissions of the dreaded CO2 gas in Europe. To the contrary, across the Continent they’re rising, just like the cost of power in Germany, Denmark and the UK.

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Unsustainable Folly: Cost Of Germany’s “Energiewende” To Soar To €31 Billion In 2016 Alone!
Pierre Gosselin
No Tricks Zone
3 May 2016

According to the Institute of German Business (IW) the cost of Germany’s once highly touted “Energiewende” (transition to green energy) will soar to a whopping €31 billion ($35 billion) in 2016 alone, thus further burdening the already ailing German consumer.

That’s a huge sum of money for the country of 80 million citizens. So, for all that money, are they now getting more beautiful weather and great results cutting back “climate-harmful” CO2 emissions? You’d certainly hope so. Sadly, the answer is s big fat “NEIN”.

Nothing in return for the money.

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In fact Germany’s CO2 emissions have not dropped at all over the past 7 years, and even went up a percentage point last year. Moreover, weather conditions continue today as they always have: typically rainy, cool, gray, windy and raw.

For the roughly €1200 or so per year the average household has to fork out each year, it all sounds like an awfully raw deal (unless you happen to be one of the lucky few making money hand over fist in the scam). And that €1200 figure is only going to go up rapidly in the years ahead.

The www.finanznachrichten.de writes that the 2016 figure is about 3 billion (11%) more than a year earlier (2015). That’s unsustainable burden growth.

“Grid stabilization” adding to the costs

One reason for the ever increasing costs, the site writes, is the “costs for power grid stabilization”. As more highly fluctuating, weather-dependent power comes online, the costlier the grid stabilization measures become. What was once a highly stable energy supply system requiring intervention only a dozen times per year, now requires tens of thousands of interventions by the grid operators each year.

Often times wind and solar parks are forced to be taken offline to prevent the grid from getting toasted by power surges from wind gusts and sun bursts. In such cases, the wind and sun park operators are paid whether they produce or not. Last year consumers were saddled with over half a billion euros from such “unproduced energy” costs. The Energiewende is morphing into a central planning folly of the scale matched only by the Venezuelan Chavez communists.

30% higher electric bills by 2030

Another reason cited for the exploding costs is the continued new installation of wind and sun energy generation systems. Thus it is little wonder that that leading German politicians, such as Michael Fuchs, are getting antsy and calling a stop of the construction of new wind parks for which there are no power transmission lines. If this is not done, Fuchs says, German households face 30% higher electric bills already by 2020.

Just a matter of time before the fuses start blowing.
No Tricks Zone

studying candle

Pierre forgot to add in the cost of candles ….

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Grid instability occurs when wind power capacity is added to a grid. Load balancing with conventional on-demand power sources, to cope with the fluctuations in frequency, is complicated.

Grid instability means local outages and wholesale blackouts, so now Germans are paying to keep these things idle.

Germany Paid Wind Turbines $548 Million To Sit Idle
Andrew Follett
The Daily Caller
29 April 2016

Germany paid wind farms $548 million to switch off last year to prevent damage to the country’s electricity grid, according to a Thursday article in the German newspaper Wirtschaftswoche.

Germany’s wind and solar power systems have provided too much power at unpredictable times, which damaged the power grid and made the system vulnerable to blackouts. To fix the problem, grid operators paid companies $548 million to shut their turbines down, according to a survey by Wirtschaftswoche of Germany’s largest power companies.

Grid operators paid the company Tennet $376 million to shut down wind turbines in 2015, which is 2.5 times more than it did in 2014. Other major power companies such as 50Hertz, Amprion and EnBW revived a combined $172 million.

Wind and solar also run the risk of producing too much power at unpredictable times, which can overload and fry the power grid. This is why electrical companies will occasionally pay consumers to take electricity, because demand for energy must exactly match supply for the grid to function.
The Daily Caller

German power prices

Up! Up! And Away! Leading Daily Die Welt Reports: “Electricity In Germany More Expensive Than Ever”
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
29 April 2016

The online German national daily Die Welt has a piece by business journalist Holger Zschäpitz on Germany’s sky-high, ever climbing electricity prices.

Awhile ago it looked as if prices had finally stabilized. But now Zschäpitz writes that German electricity prices, already among the highest in the world, have jumped once again.

To put the situation in perspective he writes: “Power consumers are now more burdened than automobile drivers” — who are brutally taxed to begin with. In Germany, even in these times of rock-bottom petroleum prices, motorists still cough up some 5 euros ($5.60) every single US gallon for gasoline they buy. Recently, proposals have been made to tax large cars even more, and to massively subsidize electric cars (which would be forced to charge up on the exorbitantly expensive electricity).

According to a recent analysis, writes Zschäpitz, “Consumers are now paying more for their power than ever before” — some 30.27 euro cents per kilowatt hour. Families today are paying 21% more for electricity than they did 5 years ago.

So what is driving the rapid upward price spiral?

Zschäpitz reports that it’s due mostly to the “Energiewende” – Germany’s push away from nuclear and fossil generated power to renewables such as wind, solar and biogas. Also driving the price are the energy price breaks that are granted to big power consumers, and liability costs for offshore wind parks. Moreover Zschäpitz reports that consumers are also forced to pick up the tab for upgrading the power grid so that it is able to handle the wildly fluctuating power supply from wind and sun.

In the meantime, Germany’s CO2 emissions have been rising, and thus consumers are not really getting anything for the massive amounts of money.

To illustrate the distortion gripping the German power market, Zschäpitz tells readers that today only 27% of the power price is made up of “pure raw material costs”. The electricity production cost by itself has in fact “fallen by 25% over the past few years“. However this cost reduction has been offset and more by other feed-in and grid operating surcharges levied as a result of the Energiewende. This leads Die Welt’s Zschäpitz to conclude:

Thus power consumers are now more burdened with state taxes and fees than automobile drivers.”

For relief, power consumers do have the option of switching to private power providers, and doing so is non-problematic, Zschäpitz writes. However one thing is sure: Electricity prices are expected to keep rising.
No Tricks Zone

German wind farm

Europe’s CO2 Emissions Keep Rising, Despite $1.2 Trillion In Green Subsidies
Andrew Follett
The Daily Caller
3 May 2016

European Union carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will keep rising in 2015 despite $1.2 trillion in subsidies for wind, solar and other green energy, according to a report published Tuesday by the European Commission.

The report estimates that the EU’s CO2 emissions will increase by 0.7 percent this year relative to 2014, even though the continent has spent an estimated $1.2 trillion financially supporting wind, solar and bio-energy with the goal of lowering CO2 emissions.

“CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions,” according to the European Commission’s report. “Various EU energy efficiency initiatives aim to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. ”

The biggest increase came from the EU’s capital country of Belgium, where emissions rose by 4.7 percent. Emissions from Germany, the EU’s largest economy, rose in 2015.
The Daily Caller

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Irony isn’t always cheap …

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Comments

  1. Reblogged this on citizenpoweralliance.

  2. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    What matters is seeming green, not actually doing it. And it’s even easier to ride the sanctimonious magic green carpet with $1.2 TRILLION of other people’s (taxpayers) money.

    When will this eco-insanity and criminal waste of other people’s money end? And how many more must suffer and even die from fuel poverty, before we (they) learn?

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