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Renewables shift wallops traditional power plants | Business | DW.COM | 24.08.2015

August 26, 2015

Germany’s shift to renewable energy sources will have a greater impact on operators of traditional power plants than originally thought, according to new data from the country’s grid supervisor.
Fifty-seven traditional gas and coal power plants are set to close in Germany as a consequence of Energiewende, or energy transition, which has diminished the profitability of operating non-renewable power plants.

That’s nine more than had been slated for closure at the beginning of the year, Germany’s leading Bild tabloid reported on Monday, citing figures from the Federal Network Agency.

Energy industry advocates have warned that a heavier reliance on wind and solar power could put Germany’s energy supply security at risk.

Hildegard Müller, head of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), told Bild that modern power plants were an insurance policy against power shortages and deserved to be financially compensated as such.

“The situation for existing power plants is getting worse,” Müller said. “An ice age is looming for the construction of new plants too. Every second planned facility is hanging by a hair,” Müller said.

Higher costs

Four years after German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her decision to phase out nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the costs of adding more renewables to the energy diet of Europe’s largest economy have exceeded initial estimates.

Citing a recent estimate from a leading German economic think tank, the business daily Handelsblatt reported Monday that annual costs of 28 billion euros per year were being handed down to German consumers for the Energiewende.

That means an average household, or one that consumes some 3,500 kilowatt hours in a year, pays about 270 euros annually for Germany’s pivot toward green energy.

“The energy transition began with the assumptions that energy costs in this country would remain manageable and remain internationally competitive. Neither have materialized,” Barbara Minderjahn, the chief of Germany’s Association of the Energy and Power Industry (VIK), told Handelsblatt.

cjc/uhe (AFP, Reuters, dpa)

Now who would have guessed that!

For a nation renowned for its practicality, I am amazed Germany did not see this one coming.

  1. August 26, 2015 6:10 pm

    Which is as good a follow up to this:

    as you could want.

    They see it, they see it miles off.

    But will they act?

  2. nzrobin permalink
    August 26, 2015 6:42 pm

    Maurice Strong would be very pleased with them.

  3. A C Osborn permalink
    August 26, 2015 6:55 pm

    Paul, one thing has become obvious over the years and that is that Greens (along with most idealogists) never see past their last wonderful idea.
    They just do not work it through and see “consequences”, or they ignore them thinking that their original idea will take care of it.
    Ask any Engineer and he would have pointed out all of this (and some did) right from the start.

  4. AndyG55 permalink
    August 26, 2015 9:09 pm

    Seriously, don’t agonise about it, just close them..

    ….. and let REALITY bite !!

  5. Graeme No.3 permalink
    August 26, 2015 9:41 pm

    There will be a change after the coming blackouts.

  6. August 27, 2015 6:07 am

    When the greens have a share in the Government, this is what you expect and this is what you get. The rest of the world should take note of the danger posed by anything bearing the label “green”.

    • August 27, 2015 1:23 pm

      It seems that the word “sustainable” has joined “green” as a basis for the holy wars waged by the “believers”. Whenever I hear now it I am moved to retching.

  7. August 27, 2015 6:32 am

    Old folks (like me) remember when everyone believed that the West Germans would uplift the economy of the East Germans. Little did anyone suspect that an avenging angel would come out of East Germany to disrupt the economy of all Germany.


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