German wind farms to be terminated as subsidies run out 

Posted: October 31, 2017 by oldbrew in Big Green, Energy, turbines, wind
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The short working life of wind turbines compared to power stations, plus their lack of commercial viability, will likely put the brakes on German renewables expansion according to this GWPF report. Where do used wind farms go to die?

Wind power is the most important component of Germany’s green energy transition.

The end of subsidies for older turbines, however, threatens countless wind farms. By 2023, more than a quarter of Germany’s onshore wind farms may be gone.

Several thousand wind turbines in Germany are likely to be closed down in the next decade because they will no longer receive any subsidies. “If electricity prices do not rise over the next decade, only a few plants will survive on the market without subsidies,” says an analysis by the Berlin-based consulting firm Energy Brainpool.

This assessment is shared by most professionals. “In any case, by 2020, the shutdown of existing facilities is to be expected to a greater or lesser extent,” an article by several economists of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig concludes.

The sticking point is the electricity price of 2021, which nobody knows today. Older wind turbines which have been running for 20 years or more will lose their subsidies under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), but not their operating permit. They could go on generating power, if they would be profitable.

Like all older technology, after 20 years of wear and tear, wind turbines are prone to repairs and are more maintenance-intensive than new products. Operating costs are higher too. The current electricity price of around three cents per kilowatt hour would not be enough to keep wind farms running – with perhaps a few exceptions in particularly good locations.

Continued here.

  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    That was our experience in California back in the 1980s. After the first “Moonbeam” Ecoloon push died out and the government mandates ended. Wind farms were abandoned as the cost of maintenance was higher then the returns.
    Wind farms were ALWAYS a congame to farm the government mandated subsidies by the promoters of their construction…pg

  2. Jamie Spry says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    ANOTHER win for climate sceptics! We predicted the unreliable-energy disaster years ago. Literally $TRILLIONS, worldwide, of other-peoples’-hard-earned-money wasted on fake fixes to a fake catastrophe. Yet more public money incinerated at the whim of virtue-signalling, global warming theory obsessed politicians and progressives.

    EVEN notable warmists saw the flagrant flaws of symbolic, novelty, weather-dependent energy…

    “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” – Warren Buffett

    “Suggesting that renewables will let us phase rapidly off fossil fuels in the United States, China, India, or the world as a whole is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.” – James Hansen (The Godfather of global warming alarmism and former NASA climate chief)

    “Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.” – Top Google engineers

  3. ivan says:

    So they are finally admitting that it is impossible to produce electricity at the same (or lower) cost as a coal fired plant even with subsidies – something we have been saying all along.

    The problem is that no one will accept this and governments will continue giving our money to the scam artists be it through taxes and/or elevated electricity pricing.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    some long time back the Brits started calling them ‘subsidy farms’ and oh how true that is.

    Still, the Earth is littered with pie-in-the-sky idiots that think these things are “what we need”. It’s the classic difference between critical thinkers and emoters.
    “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good” – Thomas Sowell

  5. Saighdear says:

    Aye, what a lot of definitely NOT-renewable energy will have been used to produce and then “redact” those things. Uhuh, and what about all those livelihoods that have been overrun in the process. It’s all very well saying “water under the bridge” and “crying over spilt milk” ,,,, but the point is and looks like History will keep on repeating itself despite much hand-wringing and soul-searching – despite or TO spite the educationalists and Liberals amongst them who tell us relentless about learning the lessons of history. Really? … and then told to “get over it”. Volumes are written and quoted ad nauseum by many of the Learned. The rest of us have to cringe and bear it. WHEN will something actually get done to stop this nonsense. Look at Brexit , Scots Independence and draw comparisons with the Spain/Catalonian issue, etc etc…. Fake news and the rest… Sick of it. and now past few days from the Hollywood luvvies and the avalanche of stuff I don’t even want to mention or hear n see everytime I switch on my Radio or TV or try and read a newspaper. Just nothing for / about the plight of the working man ….. o o o person

  6. Ron Clutz says:

    Wasn’t it a Brit who referred to windmills as “prayer wheels”?

    [reply] yes – Piers Corbyn

  7. clipe says:

    Piers and his brother Whatshisname get a mention in this article.

    From The Scotsman of all places

  8. Sommer says:

    Not only is this an utterly failed experiment but with research on the harm industrial scale turbines have caused steadily coming out, the legal ramifications for the harm will be a shock to people who have chosen to ignore this reality.These things need to be turned off now.

  9. irritable Bill says:

    All great comments above as usual. Except when we get a socialist interloper of course. In Australia we are in the middle of all this with a Globalist ex-Goldman Sachs CEO PM Malcolm Turnbull who is now unelectable because he decided to take the stupidly trusting Aussi public down the UN route to nowhere. Nowhere good anyway. And now our power bills would make your eyes water, and not with tears of joy! There is a very good chance that Sydney this summer will have blackouts and power failures in the middle of hot days…South Australia and Victoria will, and pay the worlds highest prices for that treat.
    Malcolm’s, (or “Dear Leaders”) response is “Power prices under Labor would be worse.” God save us all, can we borrow your guy for a while please, he may be a bit rough around the edges but he is quite like an old fashioned straight talking common sensed Australian tough guy. And you have the best unemployment figures since 1974…did the Democrats, CNN, NYTs either predict that or celebrate it when it was announced? Or even report on it? Sick, sad world.

  10. Doonhamer says:

    In the UK will the sites of these former monuments to folly be considered as “brown-field” sites and therefore suitable places for house building.
    They are generally in very beautiful parts of the country, already have substantial foundations, good access roads and electrical services.
    The powers-that-be can hardly claim that they will be a blot on the landscape – they have already sold that pass.
    I smell even more money for the wind farmers.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Could be a bit breezy, Doonhamer 😉

  12. oldbrew says:

    German power market is broken…

  13. tom0mason says:


    6,000 jobs to go at Siemens-Gamesa as power division faces similar cuts…

    The Siemens power unit reported a 41 percent drop in orders and a worse-than-expected 23 percent fall in profits in its fiscal third quarter that ended in June.

    The power division has 30,000 employees worldwide, of which about 12,000 are based in Germany.

    Chief Executive Joe Kaeser has asserted that the government’s abrupt decision to switch to renewable energy caused a structural change in the industry that made the large-turbine business unsustainable in Germany.

  14. oldbrew says:

    tom – something for the current climate conflab in Germany to ponder 😐