Strikes me there is something fundamentally corrupt with the renewable energy mindset.
On one hand, folks want to be able to generate their own power and make money by selling it to everybody else. Seems reasonable. But these same folks want everybody else to insure (and pay for) power being instantly available if a cloud shows up or the sun goes down. Further, the renewable energy mindset considers it perfectly OK to create voltage/frequency variations in other folk's power supplies with the other folks incurring costs to deal with the issue.
There is a solution. With today's digital meters, pretty easy to identify what goes in and what goes out. Pay the real-time market price for what occurs. That would include occasionally paying money for unneeded power stuffed onto the grid.
The entire “green movement” is based on a hysterical over reaction to climate models that are clearly faulty – the models fail to predict reality. Consistent with a fundamental lack of integrity, the “green-mafia” is now trying to scare the population with deliberate distortions concerning natural gas.
As usual, the renewable energy community is completely out of touch with reality. Simple back-of-the-envelope calculations demonstrate the utter nonsense of 100% renewable, unless everyone likes living in a 3rd world country. The practical physical limits of harvesting enough energy to meet our needs quickly demonstrate we run out of land (unless of course we remove most of the population from the planet).
Further, the underpinning of "zero-carbon" is complete nonsense. The trace gas CO2 is not going to destroy civilization. Please note that mankind would not exist without the fossil energy.
The big question is: Why would anyone in their right mind even contemplate 100% renewable energy?
The Germans build a large number of small, expensive power plants/machines that they never needed in the 1st place. Worse yet, the power from these plants/machines is both unreliable and intermittent.
Obviously the price of power must rise, with the hapless consumer taking the hit in the wallet. The "Greens" statements are complete nonsense.
So how big a reduction in CO2 emissions did the Germans achieve? Actually, it went up.
Better for whom? Those small in number employed in non-competitive industries or the general population forced to subsidize them?
Competition and innovation are the keys to healthy economies.
I think a more accurate title for the article would be "Solar PV Expands Quickly When States Provide Developers Direct Access to Consumers Wallet"
Those who live by government subsidies can just as easily die by them. Bottom line: if you cannot compete, then you should not be in business and the market will sooner or later prevail.
Considering the vast amounts of shale gas in New York, it would be vastly more cost effective to use that with new combined-cycle power plants. Oops, I forgot New York is run by leftist half-wits incapable of logical thought. However, if the voters of New York want extremely high-priced power, that is there prerogative. Of course businesses will continue to flee the state for lower cost areas.
We are suppose to see massive increases in the cost of power due to a the Global Warming religion? Not no, but hell no.
If the objective is "breathing cleaner air", then why phase out nuclear power?
If the objective is to reduce CO2, then why phase out nuclear power?
Germany's ill-conceived mis-adventures in green energy have only served to lift massive amounts of money out of the pockets of the common man while providing few, if any, actual benefits.
Wallace rails against the fossil fuel industry while overlooking the real villains, the leftist "green mafia" fleecing the population.
The price German consumers pay is going up, not down. Try reading the article more closely. They are also paying well over twice what the US consumer pays.
Renewable energy exacerbates the volatility of the electrical supply and that is an ideal situation for commodity traders.
Also, try looking at maps of the incidence of solar energy in northern Europe. It's pretty dismal.
The intermittent nature of renewable energy also means more generation must be built than would otherwise be required to cover the shortfalls. That obviously costs more money.
Renewable energy is nothing more than a leftist hoax being inflicted on the masses by the elitist few who, in any case, are not particularly affected by vastly higher energy prices.