Germany’s Green Reich: The Decline of a Former Industrial Superpower

Due to renewable subsidies, Germany’s electrical prices are now the highest in Europe. The government has vowed to cut back but there are reports of production plants leaving the country and headed for America, of all places, to take advantage of low energy prices. Fracking has cut gas prices in half in this country [the US] while the German government has just decided to ban the technology at least until 2021. __RealClearEnergy

Industrial Decline is the New Normal

Industrial Decline is the New Normal

Germany’s green energy ambitions are leading the former industrial powerhouse over a precipice — just when Putin’s Russia is knocking at the doors like a big bad wolf.

Germany claims to get one-third of its electric power from “renewable sources.” Once you subtract hydroelectricity from the mix, the amount of power generated by wind and solar is wildly erratic — unpredictably intermittent. It is this intermittency — along with government mandates forcing utilities to accept expensive wind and solar whenever available — that is driving German energy rates upward, and driving German industries overseas.

Germany now gets one-third of its electricity from renewable sources, particularly burgeoning solar collectors and has gone as high as 50 percent on weekends and holidays. But a variety of rules forces utilities to accept renewable sources at the expense of its base-load plants and the companies are taking a bath. RWE, the country’s second largest utility, recently reported its first loss since the founding of the German Republic in 1949. The company has threatened to move its generating stations to Turkey to escape regulation. __ http://www.realclearenergy.org/charticles/2014/07/10/germany_indsutry_headed_for_no-growth_107899.html

You see the “Catch-22:” Utilities are forced to operate expensive backup powerplants for when the erratic wind and solar plants falter. Utilities are further required to shut down expensive backup plants whenever wind and solar plants unpredictably decide to generate energy. And utilities are required to pay green investors top prices for poor quality green replacement energy, while their own expensive plants are forced to sit idle — or forced to spin up or spin down in haphazard response to the erratic “ons and offs” of green energy generation.

Many European governments are beginning to understand the reality of the green death’s grip around the necks of their economies. As a result, they have begun to cut green subsidies in the attempt to save their economic futures. European insurance companies are attempting to soften the blow to big green crony investors, but the insurance companies are at risk of being strangled by green entrapment, just as European national economies have been.

Ironically, industrial growth in Spain is beginning to perk up, just as Germany’s industrial output is slowing. Perhaps this is because Spain’s newest government took steps to disentangle itself from the choking green vines of destruction years before Germany began to see the danger.

Remember: All of this Green Death to European industries and economies has come about due to a strong high level belief in computer climate models. But computer models can be made to give any answer a modeler is required to give. More on the folly of trusting computer models with the future of the advanced world.

Europe jumped early and eagerly down the green rabbit hole. Australia attempted to do the same, but the destructive green government was voted out! Now, US President Obama is attempting to drag the US through the green energy quagmire, using executive orders and a monstrous bureaucracy that is seemingly answerable to nothing and no one.

Is Obama a fool or a saboteur? Perhaps both.

More on the follies of green:

http://tedrockwell.typepad.com/files/factsreport2010apr.pdf

http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/progress/index.html

http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/why-wind-wont-work.pdf

The graphics below illustrate the delusional nature of the claims of wind energy advocates.  The first graphic shows the erratic nature of UK wind generation on a day-by-day basis.  The second graphic shows the tiny amount contributed by UK wind compared to more reliable power generation sources.

 

 

… the average power generated is only a small fraction of the nameplate 5700 MW, and therefore would not power the thousands of homes usually claimed ,while as an energy source wind generation is obviously completely unreliable.   Looking at the generation graph you would not power a fish and chips shop reliably from wind let alone a national electricity grid especially given the propensity of wind generation to be absent when it is most needed in the coldest weather. 

Wind Generation Great Britain – Megawatts

Comparing the output of 3411 wind turbines against system load it is easy to see that the pitiful and erratic wind contribution should never be used as part of the energy mix of a modern economy given also the high cost and environmental damage they cause.

Total Great Britain Grid Load vs 4411 Turbine Wind Output

__ Climate Common Sense

The stupidity of betting the future on unpredictably intermittent sources of energy is profound. But the green indoctrination machine goes all the way down to pre-school and below. Kids who are left to the mercies of media, academia, and government for their educations, are doomed to the brainwashing which all that entails.

If you want your children to better understand the world they live in — raise them to be Dangerous Children.

It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood. But the later you wait, the more difficult and numerous are the breakthroughs required.

More:

The threat from unpredictably intermittent energy sources to modern power supplies is a significant one that is being swept under the rug by most modern green-leaning governments and lobbying groups. In other words, not only are electricity costs slated to go through the roof due to big wind and big solar — power quality and reliability are slated to drop through the basement.

Think it over. What kind of rewards do Obama, Merkel, and the rest of the green slime deserve for betraying your trust?

More: Everything that climate models think they know, just ain’t so.
(via The GWPF)

More: Why “levelised costs” are not a reliable way to compare different types of energy generation

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5 Responses to Germany’s Green Reich: The Decline of a Former Industrial Superpower

  1. bob sykes says:

    Our Ruling Class/Deep State is at once delusional, superstitious and uneducated. They cannot be reasoned with, but they can be …

    • swampie says:

      I do not understand how allegedly smart people can be so damned dumb. I can understand the drawbacks of “green” energy immediately. How can they not?

      • alfin2101 says:

        SW: Opportunity for large-scale graft is the biggest reason that western governments have backed unpredictably intermittent green energy. These projects have paid off well for corrupt political insiders, but as their penetration grows they are becoming hell on power grids.

  2. One might ask, Bob, how they became the “Ruling Class” if they’re that “out of it.” I would say their worldview maps only partially to reality, their intellectualism misses the subtle and unmeasurable, and their education is extensive, but neglects the practical.

  3. alfin2101 says:

    Bob: Some ideas are best completed in silence. 😉 Thanks.

    Neovic: I think we are feeling around the elephant from different sides of the beast.

    Once we find our way to the head of the beast we may discover something more devious than we ever imagined. At least I suppose that may be the case.

    Untangling a particularly nasty ball of twine requires time, persistence, clever heuristics, and the occasional application of a sharp edge.

    Reforming government and the cathedral: We’re going to need a lot more guillotines!

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