The Madness Of Germany’s Energy Socialism

Posted: May 3, 2015 by oldbrew in Energy, Incompetence
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Meanwhile operators of ultra-modern gas power generation plants like Irsching are planning to shut them down because pro-renewables regulations force them to be unprofitable.


By Paul Homewood


There was a time when I regarded Germany as a pragmatic country!

It seems that Germans are becoming increasingly fed up with the mad policies of their rulers.

Wirtschafts Woche have a damning commentary on Sigmar Gabriel’s “Energy Revolution”. Gabriel is Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, as well as chairman of the Socialist Democratic Party, who have been in coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

Translation from GWPF:

Germany’s energy revolution is getting more and more absurd. After nuclear power and gas, coal power is about to be phased out. The madness is reaching new proportions.

Thirty years ago, he would have certainly been honored as “Master Architect of Socialism” or “Chief Activist of Socialist Labour” – east of the Elbe. Sigmar Gabriel is doing everything possible to re-establish a comprehensive planned economy in Germany: the green energy transition pushes the gates to energy-socialism…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    How barking mad can it get?

    ‘E.ON, HSE, Mainova, and N-ERGIE have announced that they informed the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) of its plans to take the high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants Irsching 4 and 5 offline effective 1 April 2016. The utilities said that the two CCGTs had no prospect of operating profitably when the current contract with the network operator expires in March 2016. They announced to consider legal action if the shutdown would be prohibited based on the Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants.’

    The utilities stressed the high efficiency of the plants, with Irsching 5 that started operating in 2010 having a fuel-efficiency of 59.7% and Irsching 4 that is in operation since 2011 having an efficiency of 60.4%.

    Due to the increase in subsidized renewables feed-in and low wholesale power prices, the units could, however, no longer supply power at market conditions profitably, they said.’

  2. M Simon says:

    It is my understanding that prices of retail electricity are up in Germany but wholesale prices (for some kinds) are down?

  3. oldbrew says:

    M Simon: yes, wholesale prices are down partly because renewables can dump surplus power onto the grid when nobody needs it, at negative prices in some cases. The Poles are paying to set up grid blocking devices to keep this useless power off their system.

    ‘Poland Builds Electronic Wall to Keep Out German Renewables’

    Also large industrial power users in Germany are exempted from the renewables surcharges, so retail customers get to subsidise that system. Some other stuff too…

    ‘German electricity price is half taxes and fees’

    You couldn’t make it up.

  4. For Roger,
    A good folk, rather than a politician!

    [snip – mod] sorry Will – off topic

  5. ivan says:

    It is truly madness. Here is a picture (click on the pic for a larger view) of one of their ‘high output’ solar arrays

    (Sorry I don’t know how to add a picture on here hence the link. If the mods can put it in so much the better)

    [image credit: EIKE]

  6. oldbrew says:

    Slightly O/T: 3 days before the UK election one ‘man-made climate change’ fanatic, er sorry…party leader decides onshore wind turbines are not essential after all. What sayeth wind turbine warrior Ed Davey about his desperate boss’s new views?

  7. ivan says:

    oldbrew, is that somehow linked with this possibility?

  8. hunter says:

    Photos are worth more than pictures. And pictures are worth a thousand words.
    The photo of the squalid reality of faux renewable in action is devestating.
    That animation sums up the ridiculous nature of wind quite well and is funny to boot.