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GERMANY’S GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE

Tip o’ the hat to The Global Warming Policy Foundation

Fred Pearce — New Scientist (Environment) — January 22, 2014

Germany’s energy revolution has gone sour, as have its efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” policy aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent between 1990 and 2020, mostly by closing coal-fired power plants and boosting renewable energy. Yet in 2013, coal burning soared to its highest level for more than 20 years.

Then, last week, economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel said he will slash wind and solar subsidies by a third, to cut rising energy bills. Subsidies for renewables currently cost German consumers €23 billion a year.

Merkel is also shutting down Germany’s nuclear power plants, its largest source of low-carbon energy. This means emissions, which had fallen by 27 per cent by 2011, are now on the rise.

At the coalface

“The Energiewende is moving emissions in the wrong direction,” says Roger Pielke Jr of the University of Colorado in Boulder. He calculates that Germany will have to more than double renewables’ contribution to energy from 17 to 38 per cent to reach the 40 per cent target.   Continue reading here…..

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One Comment on “GERMANY’S GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE”

  1. Val Martin January 23, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    This is happening because no assessment was done as is required by law. Wind and solar energy does not work at all and requires more fossil fuel to drive them than if there were none.

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