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Germany Moves to Slow its Out-of-Control Energiewende
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  • VooDude

    Recently, Germany used the people’s money to pay industry to use more electricity.
    How’s that suit the consumer’s electric bill?

  • VooDude

    “German households pay for this in the form of a green surcharge on their power bills, which are among the most expensive in Europe.”

  • Frank Natoli

    Earlier articles stated that Germans happily pay $0.35/kwh. By contrast, my God forsaken NJ, with some of the highest electric rates in the USA, charges some $0.15/kwh. Pals in MO, at least before “the people” twice elected a man pledged to “of necessity cause electric rates to skyrocket”, were paying $0.08/kwh, thanks to King Coal. It is a pity we can’t have the people who demand expensive means of producing electricity to pay the extra cost for the rest of us.

  • Fat_Man

    Willis Eschenbach is one of my favorite writers at “Watts Up With That” which bills itself as “the world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change”. If you are at all skeptical about global warming, you should read it regularly so that you can understand why the proper attitude towards claims of CAGW (Catastrophic Anthropomorphic Global Warming) is skepticism bordering on disbelief. Lots of the commentary is provided by or linked to real scientists, such as Roy Spencer and Judith Curry.

    Last year Willis analyzed the relationship between the retail price of electricity and national amounts of “renewable” generating capacity.

    Obama May Finally Succeed! by Willis Eschenbach on August 3, 2015

    His chart shows that the retail price of electricity should be expected to increase by 0.0002 U.S.$ for each additional KW of installed renewable generating capacity. R^2 = 0.84, p-value = 1.5E-8.

    He said: “That is a most interesting result. Per capita installed renewable capacity by itself explains 84% of the variation in electricity costs. … Today [3 Aug 2013], President Obama said that he wanted 28% of America’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030. … Currently, we get about 4% of our electricity from wind and solar. He wants to jack it to 28%, meaning we need seven times the installed capacity. … this means that the average price of electricity in the US will perforce go up to no less than 43 cents per kilowatt-hour. … Since the current average US price of electricity is about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour … that means the true price of electricity is likely to almost quadruple in the next 15 years.”

  • Blackbeard

    At this stage, in the U.S., CAGW has become a religious/political issue and is immune to facts such as these. If you are a member of the blue tribe you must believe that, as Obama has said, CAGW is the worst problem ever faced by mankind and that the Earth will soon become uninhabitable if we don’t take drastic action immediately. To harbor any doubts about this would be to risk being identified as a member of the hated and despised red tribe who, as we know, are all racist, homophobic, misogynistic, science-denying swine.

  • Bucky Barkingham

    The only way to shut down a nuclear reactor is to remove the nuclear fuel rods. These fuel rods remain as radioactive as they were in the reactor and must be stored and cooled for a very, very long time before they decay to a safe level. So the issues with nuclear power that the environmentalists fear are still there after the reactors are unloaded. The end result is that all the problems of managing the nuclear fuel remains without the benefit of the power that could be generated. In essence instead of getting abundant power at low cost the Germans still have the cost od managing the nuclear fuel but are replacing the cheap power with much more expensive “green” power.

    • Andrew Allison

      You are correct that shutting down a nuclear plant does absolutely nothing for safety. However, the way a reactor is shut down (as opposed to decommissioned) is by inserting the neutron absorbing control rods. I rather suspect that the fuel assemblies have not been removed from the shut-down plants.

    • vb

      The environmentalists who demanded shutting down the power plants are the same ones who protest every proposed end storage facility, and much of the media treat them like heroes.

  • Andrew Allison

    It appears that nuclear power plants are not economically viable at current natural gas prices: http://in.reuters.com/article/usa-nuclear-exelon-idINL1N18U1L6

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