Germany’s Wind & Solar Obsession Pushes Power Grid to Brink of Total Collapse

Posted: December 1, 2017 by oldbrew in Energy, ideology
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They are probably muddling through thanks to interconnectors to countries with more reliable electricity generation like France (nuclear) and Poland (coal), but with existing policies things are bound to get even worse.


If you’re looking for examples on how to deliberately destroy an economy, look no further than renewables obsessed Germany and its equally deranged doppelgänger Downunder, South Australia: both are attempting to run on sunshine and breezes; both suffer rocketing power prices; and both now have grids on the brink of collapse.

South Australia has become the butt of international jokes as a result of routine mass load-shedding and repeated Statewide blackouts caused by sudden, total and totally unpredictable collapses in wind power output.

Now, Germany is headed in the same disastrous direction. Whenever the Sun disappears (Sunset will do it every time) and/or the wind stops blowing, Germany’s grid managers have to pull out all stops to prevent Deutschland returning to the Dark Ages.

German Media Report: Power Grids In Distress…Highly Unstable Due To Wind And Solar Power!
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
11 November 2017

Recently German SAT1 television…

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  1. hmmm French now demandin uk 2GW Germany 6GW spain 2.5GW.
    Which grid is stressed most?

  2. oldbrew says:

    When German renewables are over-producing there’s the opposite problem…

    Euractiv: Border dispute lays bare Germany’s fragile electricity infrastructure

    “If there is one industry in Europe that respects free movement, it’s electricity, which goes wherever it wants,” as one wag put it at a meeting of regulation specialists in Brussels last month.

    A prime example is when wind farms in northern Germany pump out cheap megawatts and consumers in southern Germany and Austria snap them up in spot trading. With insufficient grid infrastructure to link supply with demand, the electric current seeks the path of least resistance.

    The result is a “loop flow”, in this case, a picturesque detour through the grids of Germany’s eastern neighbours, Poland and the Czech Republic. ACER reckons that 59% of the power traded between Germany and Austria does not actually cross the border between the two countries.

    That means the Poles and Czechs have had to spend money to block over-supply from Germany due to excess wind and/or solar. No match between demand and supply.

    Also no solar after 4pm in winter.

  3. Bitter&twisted says:

    It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Germany’s National Power Grid Mess…Country Seeing Whopping 172,000 Power Outages Annually!
    By P Gosselin on 1. December 2017

    Germany’s Energiewende threatens to follow a similar path as the Berlin-Brandenburg airport debacle, but on a far greater scale. When bureaucrats take over project engineering…
    . . .
    Over the past years the German state of Hesse has been plagued by power outages, Hessen public television (HR) reported here, as it pondered why Hesse has become so prone to blackouts. HR cites the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Grid Agency), which says there are over 172,000 power outages annually, which is some 470 daily, and that last winter multiple power plants had to be switched simultaneously because “the German grid was on the brink of collapse.”