Germany’s wind and solar experiment has failed: the so-called ‘Energiewende’ (energy transition) has turned into an insanely costly debacle.
German power prices have rocketed; blackouts and load shedding are the norm; and once bucolic farmland has been turned into industrial wastelands (see above).
Hundreds of billions of euros have been squandered on subsidies to wind and solar, all in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide gas emissions. However, that objective has failed too: CO2 emissions continue to rise.
But you wouldn’t know it from what appears in the mainstream media. Its reticence to report on what’s actually going on in Germany probably stems from the adage about success having many fathers, and failure being an orphan. Having promoted Germany as the example of how we could all ‘transition’ to an all RE future, it’s pretty hard for them to suck it up and acknowledge that they were taken for fools.
Germany provided the perfect opportunity to prove that a modern, industrial economy could run on sunshine and breezes and, therefore, ditch fossil fuels, altogether. However, the wind and solar industries are shrinking, as subsidies are slashed; old coal-fired power plants are being refurbished; and dozens of new coal-fired plants are being built. On any sensible reckoning, the Energiewende has been a monumental failure.
And when STT says ‘failure’, we mean ‘failure’ at every level. Because, if the objective of the so-called ‘inevitable transition’ to wind and solar includes the prospect of providing reliable and affordable power to all comers, then Germany’s Energiewende is not just a failure, it’s a monumental economic and social calamity.
Germans Unable To Pay Power Bills…”Electricity Prices Have More Than Doubled”… “344,000 Households Cut Off”
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9 April 2019
German political analysis and commentary site Freie Welt here has an article on how millions of Germans are increasingly unable to afford electric power.
While a number of commodities such as electronics, electrical goods and computing power across the country – and the globe – have gotten much cheaper over the years due to development, the price of electricity in Germany has “more than doubled since 2000”.
5 million struggling to pay for their power
Almost all of this is due to the Germany’s ‘Energiewende’: the transition to renewable energies and away from nuclear power and fossil fuels like coal.
According to the Freie Welt: “Last year, almost five million people in Germany had problems paying their electricity bills” as some 4.8 million defaulting customers “were threatened” by power companies.
“As a consequence of unpaid bills, almost 344,000 households were temporarily cut off electricity during the same period. This marks new records,” the Freie Welt reports.
“Next increases already in the pipeline”
The situation for Germans will likely get a lot worse before it gets better. Less than a third of the country’s power is supplied by wind and sun, and as that share rises – as is planned – the costs will only continue to climb and make the hardship for the poor even worse.
“Three quarters of the energy suppliers had raised their prices at the beginning of this year again on the average by five per cent,” Writes Freie Welt. “The next increases are already in the pipeline.”
At 29.42 Euro cents a kilowatt-hour, Germans pay among the highest prices in the world.
Further price increases in the medium to long term
According to Valerian Vogel of the utility Verifox: “In view of the major challenges facing the German electricity system, consumers must prepare themselves for further increases in electricity prices in the medium to long term”.
In Germany, the high prices are mostly made up of taxes, levies, grid fees and green energy feed-in tariffs.
In its report, Freie Welt cites figures from the Federal Network Agency, which says wholesales price for electricity are mostly to blame for the excruciatingly painful prices levels. According to the Federal Network Agency, “Last year was around 30 percent higher than the average price for 2017.”
Fridays for Future (unintended) Revolution
Ironically, the Fridays for Future (skip school) movement yesterday issued a call in Berlin for an even more rapid completion of the coal and fossil fuel power phaseout. They demanded that this phaseout be completed by 2030 rather than 2038. The movement, backed by activist scientists, is in fact calling for a revolution.
And a revolution they will get, but very likely not the kind they are bargaining for.
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Es ist an der der zeit umzudenken und dem Wahnsinn ein Ende zu bereiten!
Much is being made about Nationals MP George Christensen and questions over subsidies of approximately $3,000.
Whilst this should of course be investigated, I am more interested in the $800,000-$900,000 a year given in subsidies for each 3 MW wind turbine such as those owned and operated by wind developers AGL. At the same time, homes are being disconnected from the grid due to high electricity prices.
The Macarthur wind farm has 140 3 MW turbines. That equates to between $112,000,000 – $126,000,000 a year in subsidies!
How sustainable is that?
To give some idea of how ludicrously generous the REC Subsidy is, consider a single 3 MW turbine. If it operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – its owner would receive 26,280 RECs (24 x 365 x 3). Assuming, generously, a capacity factor of 35% (the cowboys from wind power outfits often wildly claim more than that) that single turbine will receive 9,198 RECs annually. At $93 per REC, that single turbine will, in 12 months, rake in $855,414 in REC Subsidy.
But wait, there’s more: that subsidy doesn’t last for a single year. Oh no. A turbine operating now will continue to receive the REC subsidy for another 14 years, until 2031 – such that a single 3 MW turbine spinning today can pocket a total of $11,975,796 over the remaining life of the LRET. Not a bad little rort – considering the machine and its installation costs less than $3 million; and that being able to spear it into some dimwit’s back paddock under a landholder agreement costs a piddling $10-15,000 per year. State-sponsored theft never looked easier or more lucrative!
344000 households cut off power. Eat or heat is a real issue now and there will be more. Not long from now it will be millions who will have to make up their mind if they want to freeze through the winter and have full bellies, or they tough it out on bread rations and some heat. Don’t count for those voters to support mainstream parties that have enabled this folly in the first place.
‘Energiewende’ I translate as ‘Energy-wander’.
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