Vital Electricity: Just A 12% Drop In Power Consumption Leads To Painful Economic Downturn

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A 12% drop in German electricity consumption is the difference between economic pain and prosperity. 

If you want to see a good example of how vital electricity and energy are to an economy, look no further than Germany. Since the country has imposed strict restrictions on people gathering, large parts of industry have been harshly impacted. The existence of millions of German people is now threatened.

Non-essential retailers, events and venues have been ordered closed. The halted demand has led to a braking of the economy. With the country already teetering on recession, economists agree that the new restrictions will now drive the country deep into recession territory. This will also be the case with many countries around the world as they scramble to contain the COVID-19 virus spread.

Not surprisingly, the economic drop has been reflected by Germany’s  electricity consumption since March 1:

German electricity consumption drops in the wake of economic restrictions. Source: Agora.

12% drop in electricity consumption

The data show that under normal conditions, peak German electricity consumption hovers near 72 GW on a given workday But since the German government announced the tough restrictions last Sunday, peak power consumption has fallen some 12%, to 64 GW.

While environmentalists like preach the need to save on energy, it just goes to show that a 10% drop is enough to break an economy and cause mass hardship for millions of people. Without reliable, affordable energy, a healthy economy and high standard of living is simply not possible. Activists pushing for a “green economy” should look seriously at the implications of what they are calling for.

In order for a country to become prosperous, it needs to consume energy in order to work and produce more goods and services. The last thing it should do is consume less. Less energy means less work, which means lower living standards. A green, unstable energy economy will not deliver prosperity, but rather will only bring hardship and pain.




 

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10 responses to “Vital Electricity: Just A 1210 Drop In Power Consumption Leads To Painful Economic Downturn”

  1. Vital Electricity: Just A 12% Drop In Power Consumption Leads To A Very Painful Economic Downturn — NoTricksZone - Climate- Science.press

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  2. David Appell

    What “mass hardship?”

    Are Germans dying? Starving? Living without heat?

    What’s the evidence of hardship??

  3. BoyfromTottenham

    It really depends on your point of view, Pierre – to a person like Frau Merkel, a 12% drop in power consumption means that she is achieving her aim of ‘greening’ Germany. Like others of her ilk she has the unique ability to see exactly what suits her distorted view of things, whilst being able to ‘unsee’ all the things that don’t suit her view. A bit like an anorexic, who can look at their emaciated body in a mirror and see an obese person. If anorexia is a mental illness, maybe as we say ‘if the cap fits, Frau Merkel…’.
    Meanwhile, hi from Oz and keep well, Pierre!

  4. tom0mason

    But this is just what the enviro-fascists (aka Activists pushing for a “green economy” ) want!
    Activists pushing for a “green economy” want to kill profitable industries, wishing to send everyone but the elites back to a feudal dark age. That way most people can live their short brutal lives in the ‘green dream’ of a unpolluted ‘garden of Eden’.

  5. aussie

    Yes Peter, this is a real life example of what happens as an economy uses less power. The same result would have occurred if power prices kept skyrocketing, as Merkel and her crew seem determined to do.

    Hopefully the German people will see through this stupidity and that the lurch to the Left has done nothing good for Germany. And its all based on unproven scientific theories…pure madness.

    After this crisis has passed Germany won’t be able to afford fashionable indulgences like huge handouts to wind or solar entrepreneurs, when all that comes back are higher and higher power prices. It could not afford them before and it will have to jettison them quickly afterwards.

  6. bonbon

    Sir Joachim Schellnhuber, KBE, wrote in his The Great Transformation that Earth had a carrying capacity of just 1 billion humans and no more. This KBE, dubbed by the Queen in 2004 at the Berlin Embassy, is the author of Berlin’s Great Transformation, and the Pope’s Laudato Si, a paean to Gaia.

    Of course electricity for all means all of that 1 billion.

    It is not clear if the population really understands that assault.

    Fittingly, Sit John conflates CO2 and COVID19, likely reminded of Prince Philip’s oft expressed wish to be reincarnated as a deadly virus to do something about population, and reiterates the EU GND using the virus narrative.

    It is still not clear that the population realizes what these hard-core Malthusians lobby for,

    And note there is no quarantine of the WallStreet,City of London casino – contagion from this nest that intends to save itself with green “investment” leads to Schellnhuber’s 1 billion in short order.

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