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German electricity to be rationed as EVs and heat pumps threaten collapse of local power grids

January 19, 2023
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By Paul Homewood

If the German grid cannot even cope now, what the hell are they going to do when there are ten times as many EVs and heat pumps?

 

 

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The Federal Network Agency is planning to ration the power supply to heat pumps and EV charging stations in order to protect the distribution grids from collapse. Charging times of three hours to charge electric cars will be allowed so that they can cover a distance of 50 kilometers.
Electric cars, heat pumps and private solar systems are booming. This is pushing the power grids in cities and communities to their limits.
An expert quoted by the “FAZ” warns that the local power grids are in danger of becoming the bottleneck for the energy transition. According to estimates, expanding it would cost a three-digit billion amount.
The Federal Network Agency wants to ration electricity for consumers to prevent a collapse in supply.
Electric cars are booming, as are heat pumps and private solar systems on roofs. This should only be the beginning of the energy transition in Germany. But the energy industry is already warning that the local power grids in cities and communities are reaching their performance limits. This has been reported by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ). According to the report, the Federal Network Agency is planning to temporarily ration the power supply to heat pumps and charging stations in order to protect the distribution grids from overload.
A year ago, the network agency confirmed a “network development plan” in which up to seven million heat pumps in households are expected for 2035. So far there have been around one million heat pump systems.
Enormous growth is also expected in electric vehicles. For large network operators such as Eon, the current figures are a challenge. “The applications for the connection of new systems are going through the roof, and we assume that the growth rates will continue to grow,” said Eon board member Thomas König. According to the “FAZ”, the electricity supplier registered around 100,000 new charging stations for electric cars in 2021.
Local power grids threatened to become the bottleneck for the energy transition, Krzysztof Rudion, professor at the Institute for Energy Transmission and High Voltage Technology at the TU Stuttgart, told the newspaper. “The expansion of the distribution network simply cannot keep up with the boom in heat pumps, electric cars and solar systems.”
In order to arm the distribution grids, between 100 and 135 billion euros would have to be invested in Germany in the next decade and a half, the FAZ reports, citing a new study by the management consultancy Oliver Wyman.
Full story (in German)
Translation Net Zero Watch

25 Comments
  1. Broadlands permalink
    January 19, 2023 6:06 pm

    All of this energy mayhem would not be anywhere near as bad if I were not for all the dire predictions of climate models, and the underlying assumption that man-made carbon dioxide is the climate “control knob”. A careful and carefully made transition, with a phase out of fossil fuels and renewables phase in would take time but shouldn’t create all the anxiety and urgency seen today once it was understood. Using our resources to improve infrastructures to withstand extreme weather and to adapt to them would be better than hopeless, useless mitigations could ever be. Zero and net-zero goals can never be met and the costs of trying are “off-the-chart” high.

    • Micky R permalink
      January 19, 2023 7:08 pm

      ” A careful and carefully made transition, with a phase out of fossil fuels and renewables phase in would take time … ”

      Why would you want to transition away from cheap, reliable energy? It’s not as if there is any proof that mankind’s use of fossil fuels is responsible for dangerous climate change.

    • Realist permalink
      January 20, 2023 7:04 am

      An actual transition would happen naturally. The problem is politicians trying to force people away from things that actually work
      EU countries can blame the EU Commission, but non-EU countries have no excuse for the homegrown insanity.

      • January 20, 2023 10:39 am

        No, a transition would not happen naturally as it is unnecessary, pointless, inefficient, of no benefit, and terminally stupid. Natural transitions happen when there are benefits in changing. For example, around Amsterdam one of the three beautiful steam pumping stations that drain the lake that would be there otherwise replaced 240 intermittent and unreliable windmills.

      • Realist permalink
        January 20, 2023 5:41 pm

        One of the best comments I have seen for a while
        >>transition would not happen naturally as it is unnecessary, pointless, inefficient, of no benefit, and terminally stupid.

  2. Derek Wood permalink
    January 19, 2023 6:14 pm

    Oh, the ironing!

  3. January 19, 2023 6:47 pm

    Three hours of charge might get you 50 klicks of range, provided it is a warm Summer day, there are no lines at the chargers, and said chargers are not inoperative. That’s a lot of maybe’s and not much range for the privilege of EV ownership. Buy a Prius and be done with this foolishness already.

    • Hivemind permalink
      January 20, 2023 5:34 am

      Better yet, a small diesel. No expensive batteries to replace after a few years.

      • Realist permalink
        January 20, 2023 7:08 am

        Why small and not normal size? City runabouts are useless for people who don’t live in cities, let alone actually transporting anything and the infamous “long trips”. Whether actual long trips or normal use, petrol and diesel vehicles don’t need refilling _every_ day.

  4. Dave Ward permalink
    January 19, 2023 6:47 pm

    “the “FAZ””

    Sounds like something from the Soviet era…

    • January 19, 2023 8:26 pm

      It’s the Frankfurt General Newspaper, literally translated. But the planned energy economy is pseudo-Soviet. The old East German regime would have loved it.

      The Germans’ next self-harm will be to shut down their nuclear power stations, already overdue.

  5. Mr Robert Christopher permalink
    January 19, 2023 6:48 pm

    I see everything is going according to plan:

    “Charging times of three hours to charge electric cars will be allowed so that they can cover a distance of 50 kilometers.”

    This, coupled with the 15 minute neighborhoods, will help with the control of the plebs, and that will enable a better, safer, World to be forged.

    (I think ‘forged’ is a very appropriate word.) 🙂

  6. William Capron permalink
    January 19, 2023 7:24 pm

    It seems to me the entire climate warming could be renamed as a ‘producer of unintended consequences’ … it seems to be it’s only purpose.

  7. GeoffB permalink
    January 19, 2023 7:34 pm

    Can you imagine the two tier society that is going to evolve, the rich elites able to afford unlimited energy, charging their Tesla’s (on the drive due to fire risk), heat pumps running 24 hours, all lights on . Contrast that with the poor in their darkened cold homes, burning refuse trying to keep warm.
    Roll on the overthrow of the elites, the revolution will be short and intense. Sri Lanka springs to mind and todays resignation of lock down, cow and sheep burp tax Ardern…… as she could not face losing the next election.

    • David Tallboys permalink
      January 19, 2023 9:29 pm

      Yes, this is what is happening. Middle class/rich have 5 holidays instead of 6; the the poor 1 instead of 2.

      Anyway – I tried posting some Just Stop Net Zero stuff – but got banned by The Times – I found out that they themselves said we were in for 20,000 years of cooling – front page news 1st December 1976 – and NASA said not much different until 2010 or so:

      https://www.juststopnetzero.com/

      Scroll to the bottom 🙂

  8. Joe Public permalink
    January 19, 2023 7:42 pm

    Tweets that didn’t age well.

    A classic. by redundant Green MEP, and “still a Professor of Economics”

  9. Olde Reb permalink
    January 19, 2023 10:10 pm

    bring back steam autos and run on firewood.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      January 21, 2023 10:13 am

      I remember steam lorries transporting stuff to and from Liverpool docks in the 1940’s. Crew of a driver and a stoker!

  10. Realist permalink
    January 20, 2023 6:59 am

    Three hours for fifty km and yet they still expect people to buy/use these impractical forms of transport?
    Almost any diesel will have a range of more than one thousand kilometres and it only takes ten minutes to refill from empty.

    • Ian PRSY permalink
      January 20, 2023 9:21 am

      You’re missing the point, sorry. The objective is to discourage you from driving at all.

      • Realist permalink
        January 20, 2023 10:11 am

        But when will people wake up to this? There are still those who haven’t. And practically zero politicians in any party seem to want to stop the attacks on mobility.
        >>The objective is to discourage you from driving at all.

  11. Ian PRSY permalink
    January 20, 2023 9:20 am

    The guys and gals at the Guardian must not have seen this becasue the answer to all our problems is let unreliables rip:

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/this-is-an-era-of-plentiful-cheap-renewable-energy-but-the-fossil-fuel-dinosaurs-can-t-admit-it/ar-AA16xZHr?cvid=6dad8ac153e84139a6d998f73dd9d4b3&ocid=winp2fptaskbarhover

    “Green energy insiders liken it to the vaccine quest: these things take a decade when you give them a decade.”

    And we know how well speeding things up’s gone in that area!

  12. January 20, 2023 10:45 am

    The UK has the same problem with the capacity of the grid. The only saving here is that our distances are shorter so slightly cheaper although that might be a moot point when copper has risen by 1 or 2 thousand percent.

  13. January 22, 2023 2:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Unorthodox Truth.

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