RegGuheert wrote:Ad hominems stacked upon ad hominems. That's all you are capable of when faced with technical calculations which show the extreme absurdity of the Energiewende at this point in time. Unfortunately, many Germans are suffering at this East German approach to managing energy.
The good news of Engiewende is that energy-intensive German businesses are moving out of the country to places with affordable energy, including the United States.
I recommend you review the definition of the ad hominem. I'd also like you to review your posts and note that it's very difficult to hide your own attacks even when attempting to redirect on others. Feel free to knock it off. Starting now. Thanks in advance. Finally, if you think I'm attacking you or anyone else by posting factual and sourced posts, please press the 'report post' button on the lower right as often as you care to. Enjoy!
Feel free to cite a source that supports your assertion that "many Germans are suffering". I've provided sources direct from those Germans - the ones that are pooling their own money to buy the wind turbines they are planting on their own hills. They are taking control of their own power, they are generating about 200% of their own needs via wind, PV, solar thermal, and biogas, and they're selling energy to the rest of the country.
So, to recap: They are voluntarily investing their own money, they are getting a higher rate of return on their retirement accounts than by holding stocks and bonds, they are completely energy independent (electricity, building heat, hot water, and transportation if they wish), electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions are both way down, and they are continuing to support their nation's push to 80% renewable power by 2050.
Yeah man - that's horrible. I cannot imagine what those silly Germans are thinking. If they weren't wasting so much money on all these turbines they'd have been able to bail out most of Europe after the US triggered a global financial meltdown...oh...they did? Never mind.
There is a great debate about the success or otherwise of Germany’s Energiewende, or Energy Transition. Most of it is uninformed, and much of it is fuelled by the nuclear and coal industries, which have most to lose from the push into renewables by Europe’s most successful economy.
This series of graphs shows how the renewable targets are on track, have lowered emissions, decoupled energy consumption from economic growth, pushed wholesale prices down to record lows, and are now pushing retail prices down. And it has done some interesting things to the energy mix.
The graphs were prepared in a report by Agora Energiewende, a Berlin-based think tank whose former head Rainer Bakke is now the chief advisor to Germany’s energy and economics minister on the future of the Energiewende.
The first graph shows that the renewable target is still on track. This graph shows the target for 2025, and that will continue to a target of 55-60 per cent by 2035, and 80 per cent by 2050.