The German electricity crisis – twice the price, but everyone’s going broke

Wind farm in the North Sea. There is lots of wind there but how to get to the rest of the country? People don’t want high-voltage transmission lines either.

When the Germans mess something up, they do it properly

Germany — is aiming for a 40% cut in carbon by 2020, and have “led the way” with solar and wind power. Electricity bills are now twice the price of those in North America, and some 800,000 poor people had their power cut off because they can’t pay their bills.

Despite the high prices, gas power has become uneconomic, even though it is one the best methods for dealing with the erratic energy delivered from wind and solar. Nuclear can’t save them, they will have none after 2022 when the last reactor turns off.

The pain is pointless. For all the money spent, they aren’t saving much CO2, and aren’t changing the weather. They end up importing many of the goods which need energy, so the emissions occur in other countries without emissions controls. The German manufacturing sector can’t compete and struggles by on subsidies. Consumers pay more for goods or pay more through tax for the subsidies…

h/t Marvin

  • Destroyer-Drone

    And yet Germany is supposed to be a perfect role-model according to all our europeanising, mainstream far-left institutions.
    Their arguments for blind adherence to this unique kind of socio-economic suicide rely almost entirely on the stereotype of a clean, efficient, utopian Eco-Vaterland. And that’s basically it.

    Yes yes, in their world, that nation of effeminate, sterile eco-hipsters living off oatmeal rations is meant to lead Europe into a new golden age. And they’re leading us alright.

    Has anybody ever mentioned how lunatic the Germans are at guiding others into whatever they aim to fulfill? Both diplomatically & economically?
    Sadly, I think not.

    • Frau Katze

      If they can’t do it, no one can (unless they have copious carbon-free energy already, such as BC, where it’s all hydro power. We do have lots of high-voltage transmission lines, though).

      • Destroyer-Drone

        The country’s overpopulated (with a 9-10 million immigrant surplus) and its crumbling infrastructures are overworked anyway. I wouldn’t go as far as to say Germany is worse off than Britain or France, but as a stagnant nation: it is soon getting there.

        It’s sort of the same thing with Sweden, people love to elevate these two countries’ societies as the ideal system we should root for. When in fact, they’re just disasters waiting to happen.

        Truth be told, Germans have long had an obsessive approach to all things eco-friendly. You can trace it back to that misplaced 19th century obsession for Ancient Greece with regards to naturism (Freikörperkultur), or better still, pan-Germanic fascination for peasantry and agrarianism (e.g. Blut und Boden, animal welfare, etc.). This kind of stupid trend is no recent phenomenon whatsoever.

    • Norman_In_New_York
      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I miss Peter Sellers.
        The characters he played on the Goon Show are among my favourites.

  • Bataviawillem

    This is what happens wen governments wish things into existence.
    They make a bunch of decisions that feel good, using subsidies to make it happen, without even thinking of the consequences.
    The same bloody thing is happening under our eyes in Ontario.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Heh……..and yet, deadbeat countries like Greece demand that Germany subsidize them. The official slogan of left: Our policies don’t have to make sense!

    Social/Eco Justice…..the forced application of unworkable “solutions” to imaginary problems.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Maybe they can try burning Jews for fuel. Oh wait they pretty much ran out of that, didn’t they? Oh well. Fuck em in the freezing dark then.

  • Gary

    Wynne doesn’t seem to care what the size of the Carbon Footprint is for the Turbines to build and ship and then all the diesel equipment to set them up.
    Next comes the problem that Wind farms often lose 30% of their power to transmit the electricity through the power lines to the end users.
    In California, it’s normal for 100 Turbines to need 30 of them to push the power to the users which means that only 70 are actually productive.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Transmission lines are actually pretty efficient.
      Like 96%.

      • Gary

        Yes, but when the Wind farm is 25 miles away for the end user there is Voltage Drop just as the power was from Niagara falls that started at around 60,000 Volts and was about 15,000 volts when it got to Toronto prior to Nuclear Plants .
        Using Turbines to power a farm or factory at the source is very smart, but in parts of California the cheap land is 25+ miles away from the homes that need it.
        That’s not my opinion , and I also wonder how much energy when towards the Turbines from the factory to the Site where it sits.

        The GREENIE’s at City Hall love to get a photo op while on their Bicycle to be oh so eco-friendly , except that many of the bikes coming in from China travel for about 6 weeks by Diesel Cargo ships and then once in canada they are shipped by Diesel trains and trucks for about 2500 miles to Toronto.
        The pollution and poor working condition in China are killing people early in life and we sit back and feel so smug that us White people are trying to save the Earth .

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I was going to do this last night for proof but thought better of it even though I had done the math.
          The Manitoba HVDC power lines are about five hundred miles long.
          Bipole 1 has a resistance of 15 Ohms and I know because I have measured it.
          It carries a max load of 1620 Megawatts.
          The current at peak is 1800 Amps.
          The peak voltage is 450 kiloVolts.
          The power loss in the transmission line is defined by the equation Pl=I*I*R.
          The efficiency of the line is Power minus Loss divided by Power.
          So, Power Loss equals 1800 Amps squared times 15 Ohms.
          That equals about 49 Megawatts.
          The efficiency is then 1620 Megawatts minus 49 Megawatts divided by 1620 Megawatts.
          That is 96.975 percent efficiency.
          For AC distribution, the voltage drop you mention is because they transmit power at the highest possible voltage to reduce I squared R losses in the line.
          If you minimize the current you get the best result for long distances.
          And then they use step down transformers to convert the high voltage to a safer voltage for the distribution system.
          When you transmit at 60,000 volts and get 120 volts out of your electrical outlet you haven’t lost 59,880 volts.
          It’s been stepped down for domestic consumption.
          Energy is conserved because transformers will step down the voltage and increase the current.
          The power remains the same.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Same will happen in Ontario thanks to the Liberals.