All them windmills littering the landscape and the acres of solar panels mounted on roofs here in cloudy Germany are doing nothing to reduce energy dependency, and are unable to take up the slack left by the panicked Merkel-ordered nuclear power plant shutdowns in Germany.
By P Gosselin on 5. April 2011
In fact, before the Merkel government shut down 7 of Germany’s nuclear power plants in a fit of panic in response to Fukushima and the mass media-driven public hysteria, Germany had been an energy exporter.
But all that has changed. The billions spent on primitive renewables and the aversion to nuclear are all having a price, as theonline DIE WELT daily reports today:
Before and after the moratorium – as is usual for this time of the year – between 70 and 150 gigawatt-hours were exported. After switching noff the German nuclear plants, that surplus disappeared. Since then 50 gigawatt-hours have been imported. The power coming in from France and the Czech Republic has doubled and exports to Holland have been cut in half.”
Meanwhile, DIE ZEIT reports that a German Greenpeace representative has complained bitterly that the industry is leading a phoney debate, and whines that cheaper nuclear energy from France is to blame for the electricity trade deficit. Andreé Böhling, energy expert from Greenpeace moans:
It is not true that Germany would not have enough of its own capacity with the shutdown old nuclear power plants. The increased imports can be explained by the reaction of the electicity markets, who still continue to suppply with the cheaper electricity – and it can at times come increasingly from nuclear plants in in France.”
Boy, don’t free markets and low prices for already pinched consumers just stink?
What is very complicated is that many of Germany’s shut down nuke plants are located in southern Germany, making the area an ideal and potentially highly lucrative market for France and the Czech electricity exporters, who are rubbing their hands right next door.
For Germany to supply its southern region with green electricity, as is the dream, the country would have to build many more giant offshore parks in the North Sea far away from southern Germany and build massive transmission lines cross country to deliver the green unsteady power. Unfortunately, many green organisations, again, are against the transmission lines, and offshore wind-park construction has been held up for a year because of environmental issues.
And offshore power generated by windmills in the North Sea in the end would be outrageously more expensive than French or Czech-made nuclear power readily available next door.
Conclusion: The concept of generating and delivering green energy with offshore windmills and cross-country transmission lines for its delivery not only faces a lot of protest, but it would be super-expensive, unreliable, and would require the abandonment of market principles, which happen to heavily favor France right now.