Alternative Energy

Economist At Swiss Weekly Weltwoche: “Cardiac Arrest With Flickering [Green] Power”!

Economist At Swiss Weekly Weltwoche: “Cardiac Arrest With Flickering [Green] Power”!

This week’s print edition of the Swiss news weekly Weltwoche has a commentary by economist Silvio Borner titled “Cardiac Arrest with Flickering Power“. His commentary focusses on the completely misleading and false claims often made by tax-payer funded proponents of renewable energies, mainly solar and wind power. Hat-tip: “Kurt in Switzerland” According to Borner, the Swiss canton […]

Exorbitantly Expensive Green Energies Prevent Plunging Market Prices From Reaching German Consumers

Despite plunging energy prices on world markets, electricity prices in Germany refuse to drop anywhere near in proportion. The reason for this is in large part due to the fixed, guaranteed high prices that renewable energy producers get for the wildly fluctuating power they feed in  – no matter what the market does. The result: […]

Germany’s CO2 Reductions “Fetish” Causing National Policy Turmoil: Economics And Environment Ministries Collide

Daniel Wetzel of the German online flagship daily Die Welt here tells readers the real reason why Chancellor Angela Merkel is sticking to the “senseless” and now impossible to reach CO2 emissions reduction target of 40% for Germany by 2020: She can sit back and enjoy watching her coalition partner SPD ministers rip themselves apart trying to […]

Germany’s Sole Electric Car Battery Plant To Be Closed…Yet “Another Setback” For Germany’s CO2 Reduction Target

Spiegel reports here that Germany’s sole plant for producing electric car batteries, owned by Daimler, is shutting down thus casting doubt Germany will reach its ambitious target of putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020. According to Wikipedia, as of September 2014 a total of 21,256 plug-in electric vehicles were registered in Germany. […]

Solar Bike-Path To Nowhere: $3.7 Million…Enough Electricity To Power A Whole Three Households

Solar Bike-Path To Nowhere: $3.7 Million…Enough Electricity To Power A Whole Three Households

Greens have been all excited about the recent, high publicity solar bike path put in operation in Holland this week. It’s a whole 100 meters or so long…a distance that allows the average cyclist to cycle over and to feel good about saving the planet for about 15 seconds. Photo (text added by author): Solaroad […]

German Vice Chancellor Puts Brakes On “Ruinous” Rush To Green Energies: “Others Think We’ve Lost Our Marbles”

Two days I ago reported on German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel’s calling the swift end to coal power plants in Germany an “illusion”. Germany’s flagship daily Die Welt here has since posted a large part of Gabriel’s speech, where two Greenpeace activists attempted to steal the show from Gabriel on stage. When it was over, the Greenpeace activists […]

German Natural Park Mutates To An Industrial Park…With Deadly Consequences To Wildlife

German Natural Park Mutates To An Industrial Park…With Deadly Consequences To Wildlife

Warning: This post will not be an easy article for the lovers of birds and nature. Not only do wind turbine make noise, disturb the surrounding natural environment, and create industrial blight in idyllic landscapes, but they also kill wildlife – especially protected birds. The latest example is presented by the website of the anti-wind […]

Federal Minister Of Economics Sigmar Gabriel: “Ending Coal Is Mass Disinformation Of The People”…”An Illusion”

Federal Minister Of Economics Sigmar Gabriel: “Ending Coal Is Mass Disinformation Of The People”…”An Illusion”

Calls for rigid and draconian CO2 emissions reduction targets in Germany have been dealt a body blow. Germany’s Federal Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Angela Merkel’s coalition partner the SPD socialists has dumped a load of cold water on the extreme demand for a rapid shutdown of the country’s coal power plants. German Federal Ministry of Economics […]

Rossi’s E-Cat Verified, But Mystifies Independent Reviewers…The Dawn Of An Energy Revolution?

Rossi’s E-Cat Verified, But Mystifies Independent Reviewers…The Dawn Of An Energy Revolution?

By Ric Werme Many have been watching the gradual development of Andreas Rossi’s “E-Cat,” a device Rossi claimed to produce heat from fusing nickel and hydrogen at commonly used temperatures, as opposed to those in core of a star. Photo: NASA The next big event, the release of a paper reporting on a month-long test […]

German Federal Analysis Sees “Massive Threats To Security And Reliability Of Electric Power Supply System”!

So much for Germany’s transformation to “green” energies. Germany’s Bun­desnet­za­gen­tur (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway) is the federal authority overseeing and regulating the German electrical power grid, among other networks. At its site it has a link to an expert assessment report that analyzes the needs of and risks to the German […]

Forbes: “Energiewende Is The Worst Possible Example Of How To Implement An Energy Transition”

Forbes summarizes Germany’s Energiewende: It’s tragicomic. To summarize: Energiewende is the worst possible example of how to implement an energy transition. The overzealous push for the wrong generation technology has hurt citizens, businesses, and the environment all at the same time. I want to make it clear that I’m not saying we should abandon solar. It […]

EIKE: German Power Grid More Vulnerable Than Ever…”On The Brink Of Widespread Blackouts”!

There was a time when Germany’s power was mostly generated by the traditional sources of coal, nuclear, oil, natural gas and hydro. These sources were reliable and keeping the power grid under control was a routine matter. Germany’s power grid was among the most stable worldwide. But then came Germany’s renewable energy feed-in act, and […]

Germany’s Debacle: 2/3 Of Wind Projects “Running Badly To Very Badly”…Case Of The “Missing Wind”

Germany’s Debacle: 2/3 Of Wind Projects “Running Badly To Very Badly”…Case Of The “Missing Wind”

Germany-based European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) here brings up a television report on the disappointing returns from wind parks, recently appearing on SWR South German public television. The days of the media not questioning green energy are over. Mainz public utility director Detlev Höhner dismayed by wind energy returns. Image cropped here. Wind parks experienced a […]

Spiegel: Germany’s Large-Scale Offshore Windpark Dream Morphs Into An Engineering And Cost Nightmare

Spiegel: Germany’s Large-Scale Offshore Windpark Dream Morphs Into An Engineering And Cost Nightmare

The print 35/2014 edition of Spiegel magazine focuses on the growing failure of Germany’s first ambitious offshore wind energy project, BARD Offshore 1, which aims to be a model for the world in providing clean, green energy on a large scale. BARD 1 windpark spooks the entire German offshore wind industry, plagued by major technical problems with […]

Forecast March-2015 Solar Eclipse Has Power Grid Operators Distressed…”Dangerously Destabilized”

One thing we can be predicted with very high certainty: On March, 20, 2015 most of Germany will see a partial yet substantial eclipse of the sun. 40 gigawatts of rated power blocked in just minutes! Normally that would be no big deal. But for the first time in history, due to Germany’s massive installed solar […]