Renewables Rush Sends Germans Back to the Dark Ages: Blackouts Now Part of Daily Life

Mutti Merkel’s suicidal obsession with sun &
wind sends Germans to a New Dark Age.

 

Renewable energy zealots keep ranting about the ‘inevitable transition’ to wind and solar power. The only thing inevitable about it, is rocketing power prices and routine blackouts.

If you don’t believe us, ask a German, South Australian or a Victorian.

All three have been hijacked by lunatics, obsessed with nature’s wonder fuels, the sun and wind; all three suffer retail power prices which are the highest in the world (or in Victoria’s case, rocketing in that direction); and all three have suffered, and will continue to suffer, mass blackouts and routine load shedding, simply because they’re attempting the impossible.

If the tech-savvy Germans can’t make wind and solar power work (despite trillions of euros in subsidies), it’s a pretty fair bet that this wholly weather-dependent nonsense isn’t going to work anywhere on Earth.

We’ll cross over to No Tricks Zone for the latest in the debacle playing out in Deutschland, and another story that you won’t see in the mainstream media.

Unstable Green Power Grids: German ARD Television Tells Citizens To Start Getting Used To Blackouts!
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
26 January 2018

Flagship ARD public television here broadcast a report on the state of the German power grid, which until about some 15 years ago was by far among the world’s most stable. But those days are now gone, thanks to volatile green energies.

The ARD report basically tells German citizens and industry that they need to prepare quickly for blackouts because the country’s power grid is unstable, as never before.

Just last week the power went out due to a winter North Sea storm which swept across a large part of Germany: 300,000 people lost power.

Outages leading to millions in losses

And power outages have grown common even on calm weather days. Last year on November 16, the ARD reports, the entire city of Wiesbaden saw its power go out for 25 minutes, an event that city utility operator Frank Rolle cannot recall ever happening in 45 years of operation. “Suddenly 219,000 Wiesbaden residents had no more power.”

Many might be tempted to think: what’s so tough about getting on without power for 25 minutes. Perishables in the freezer or fridge after all won’t be harmed. What’s the big deal?

But as the ARD reports, such a power outage is in fact an extremely expensive affair for industry and business. For example, company manager Hajo Hagens of a plastic film producer said that power outage cost his company close to a half million euros and that it took an entire day to get the production up and and running again, and tuned the way it’s supposed to be.

Glass producer Schott also saw damages run into “millions of euros” reports the ARD.

Back-up systems too expensive

As Germany’s power supply becomes increasingly volatile, many companies are finding out that back-up systems are just too expensive. According to Industrial Park manager Peter Bartholomäus:

“It would be so cost-intensive and especially with energy intensive industries like the chemical industry, the ability to compete is also impacted by the cost of energy – especially by the cost of energy, I’d like to say. That’s why we simply cannot build double or the triple back-up supply. No one can pay it.”

Grid “extremely under stress”
The ARD concedes that the German power grid is becoming “ever more vulnerable”. According to power grid operator Tennet, the grid “is extremely under stress”. The culprit: “The Energiewende” (transition to green energies).

Amprion, Germany’s second largest grid operator, wrote to ARD:

“In order to keep the grid stable, we have to intervene more and more often.”

473 outages daily

Hans-Peter Erbring Gridlab GmbH tells the ARD that the German and European power grid “is at its limits, and daily”. ARD adds that every day in Germany, the power goes out somewhere 473 times a day.

The ARD then describes the great northern Germany blackout of November 2005 (one that I recall) where in some places the power was out for days due to a freak winter snow squall.

Officials: learn to live with it!

Germany’s precarious power supply has since come to the attention of the top levels of the German government. Christopher Unger of the Frederal Catastrophe Protection Office tells ARD that Germany is “poorly prepared for a blackout” and that the people in general need to wake up to the reality of potential blackouts, which Germany is not accustomed to seeing.

One might think that with Germany’s precarious power situation, leading officials would be moving to solve the problem of unstable power and to find solutions to make it stable. Unfortunately this is not the case, as they seem perfectly content with all the grid unpredictability. It’s the accepted price of green energy.

Ralf Ackermann of the Fire Department Association in the state of Hesse says people need to be aware that the local store may not be open, and that it’s good idea to have a flashlight on hand. The ARD summarizes:

“It’s high time to prepare yourself for the case of a power outage.”

In other words, Germany’s days of a stable power grid are over, and don’t expect them to return.

Of course ARD studios and government facilities will have all the back-up they need to weather blackouts. As for the rest of of the citizens they will have to fend for themselves.

Meanwile in Austria experts are warning also that the country’s power grid is more prone to blackouts than ever. Die Presse writes:

“The risk of a power grid overload is rising, warns grid operator APG. The costs for securing the power supply rose to 300 million euros. For the future all ‘gas power plants’ are needed as well as new power lines.”

No Tricks Zone

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

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

Comments

  1. Kevin Benn says:

    Sweden is doing it quietly: calling carbon dioxide “pollution”, nuclear power “unsustainable”, wind power “sustainable”; automatically raising energy taxes year by year;
    preying on our consciences about what we eat, how we travel, what fuels we burn – quite simply shaming us. All because of 4 molecules of CO2 per 10 000 in the atmosphere, that noone has proved either that we put there or that they are causing anything but good to the planet. This is the real SCAM!

  2. Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  3. Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop and commented:
    Germans are supposed to understand engineering but that doesn’t seem to apply to their leaders, at least where ideological obsession is a factor.

  4. John Dooley says:

    The Germans deserve it. Look who is back in power for another 5 years. Crazy Merkel

  5. Let’s see if I got this right: Germany’s solution to climate change turns out to be just self-inflicted punishment. And it’s not reducing CO2 release anyway. And even if it were, that won’t likely change the climate anyway because the IPCC climate models turn out to be so seriously flawed as to make them useless. And German heads are not spinning?

  6. Marshall Rosenthal says:

    Green imbeciles all over the world are producing economy and health killing technologies for the “common good”. (Where have we heard that meme before?) In my state, Massachusetts, USA, there now have been frequent power outages in the Northampton- Amherst region, with the population being “sold” on the “goal” of 100% renewable energy, coming real soon, whether you like it or not. Grid operators are already tearing their hair out to keep the lights on, and smug politicians are crowing about “transparency” and “free energy” from the sun and wind. (Of course, nobody will mind paying “carbon taxes” at the gas pump!) This is the kind of environment that brings out the worst acts against skeptics who dare to question this Green Inquisition, not to mention the suffocating cost of doing business.

  7. The interconnectors holding Australia’s eastern electricity grid together are more stretched than ever before.
    Queensland and Tasmania are saving the other states from massive outages and the failure of any one of the stressed interconnectors (particularly the recently failed Tasmanian undersea link) will have massive repercussions.

  8. History is repeating itself–Germans are a foolish and gullible people. Back then they followed a madman and it led to ruin. Today they’re following even a bigger turkey called Global Warming (or whatever its current name is). You just can’t make this stuff up.

    Premiere German manufacturing companies like Schott are losing millions because the electricity goes off?! WTF?! Well this bodes well for Trump since nothing is better for competition than having a leading world economy crumble because of incompetence.

    American glass manufacturers should ramp up their product lines and marketing teams!

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