Germany’s Unsustainable “Green” Jobs “Miracle” Collapses

Posted: October 17, 2014 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

.It’s all coming undone – just as climate realists have been predicting for years.


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The Germans went into wind power harder and faster than anyone else – and the cost of doing so is catching up with a vengeance. The subsidies have been colossal, the impacts on the electricity market chaotic and – contrary to the purpose of the policy – CO2 emissions are rising fast (see our post here).

Some 800,000 German homes have been disconnected from the grid – victims of what is euphemistically called “fuel poverty”. In response, Germans have picked up their axes and have headed to their forests in order to improve their sense of energy security – although foresters apparently take the view that this self-help measure is nothing more than blatant timber theft (see our post here).

One justification put up by the wind industry for the social and economic chaos caused by spiralling power costs was the claim that investment in wind power would…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    The jobs ‘miracle’ was only ever a jobs ‘bubble’. Buying jobs can never be a long term economic benefit as Europe has found out. Only in dreamland is there a bottomless pit of money.

    Paul Homewood covered this recently – official statistics on ‘green jobs’ in the UK have been dropped altogether.

  2. sergeiMK says:

    Renews is a regular publication by German renewables organization AEE. Issue 70 (PDF in German) focus is on Eigenverbrauch, which I generally translate as “direct consumption.” Essentially, it is when you consume your own solar power without it ever having to touch the grid. You have two options towards this goal: simultaneous consumption and production; and power storage.

    The issue is very hot in Germany right now partly because the government aims to clamp down on the trend by applying the renewables surcharge to renewable power consumed directly. Small arrays, however, will remain exempt.
    The study speaks of an average retail rate in Germany of 28 cents per kilowatt-hour, with the highest new feed-in tariffs for PV coming in at 13 cents. Germany reached grid parity for PV at the beginning of 2012, and solar power from new arrays now costs less than half as much as retail electricity.

    Americans assume that households will naturally switch to net-metering after grid parity. The policy to promote direct consumption was implemented in Germany, however, does all the problems that net-metering does not fix: as the share of solar power in total supply increases, peak solar power on the grid needs to be spread more evenly across the day.

  3. sergeiMK says:
    But an announcement last summer by consumer advocates in Hesse does provide a starting point. The state has a population of some six million, roughly one thirteenth of the approximately 80 million people living in Germany. The 13,500 households that had their power disconnected then amounts to roughly 175,000 for the nation as a whole, slightly below the lowest estimate popularly floated of 200,000. It is worth noting, however, that the state of Hesse is generally considered one of the more prosperous of Germany’s 16 states behind Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, so the number of household afflicted by energy poverty may be higher in other states.

    In the UK, the number of people who had their power disconnected dropped from around 48,000 per year to 400 per year in the 1990s – not because so many fewer people suffered from energy poverty, but because social policy helped keep them connected (PDF).

  4. oldbrew says:

    The biggest problem with solar power is it’s seasonal. At the time of highest demand i.e. winter early evenings it delivers nothing, so peaks in demand have to be catered for without it.

  5. Kon Dealer says:

    The only “miracle” is that the green bull**** has taken so long to start to unravel..

  6. hunter says:

    The miracle was that so many people were fooled for so long by the biggest green scam yet.

  7. catweazle666 says:

    “Jobs” in subsidised Green Power are no more than a tax on the users of that power, domestic and industrial, and thus constitute a drain on the economy and a disincentive to investment, never helpful and in the present Global economic climate likely to be disastrous.

    This was clear from the outset to anyone with any grasp of economics whatsoever.