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Great article out of Germany: In Ontario it’s the cost of a Tim’s. In Germany it’s a scoop of ice cream.

From Spiegel Online, this article has been Google translated, so it may not be 100% accurate.  I’ve tried to adjust the grammar where I could.  You will get the general idea though.  If anyone can do a better translation for me, please let me know and I’ll make the corrections.  Funny how even with the rough translation, this sounds EXACTLY like Ontario.  Now we know what those delivery fees, etc. on our electric bill REALLY are.  Read on….


Eine Kolumne von Jan Fleischhauer — Spiegel Online — March 17, 2014

Expensive defense projects, agricultural subsidies: all are nothing compared to the cost of the energy transition, because the state guarantees investors a real windfall.  In normal business life such deals are banned and for good reason.

Last week, I looked up the cost of an ice cream scoop in Munich. Prices vary – seasonally adjusted – between 80 cents and 1.40 euro. The most expensive scoop of ice cream that I could discover is at Häagen Dazs. For a sphere of strawberry ice cream they cost 2,50 €, but all the strawberry pieces are supposedly in it.

Trittin has promised the Germans that the energy transition will be no more than the cost of a scoop of ice cream per month. Those were his words when he first brought in the program that anyone who wants a solar system on the roof or a wind turbine in the field, would be guaranteed money.

Even then, there were a lot of people who warned of the consequences, but the Greens have never really been interested in the economy.  The SPD in terms of ecology, unfortunately, it is not how it turned out, under Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel. That it would be much better with Röttgen of the CDU, one could hope so.  It is debatable who was the most expensive Environment Minister of the country.

It takes the numbers to comprehend the madness:  Germans last year paid a good 19 billion euros for green energy that was worth just two billion euros on the market.  Consumers have thus paid about 17 billion euros too much.  That’s 215 euros for every German citizen and almost 900 euros for a family of four.

Too much electricity from sun and wind

For 900 euros you can have beautiful things. You can spend a week in the Canaries. One can finally buy that sofa.  Or throw a decent party for yourself and your friends.   But for all of this money spent, we have nothing.

Here’s the second bad surprise: electricity from wind and solar is not only ridiculously expensive, there is now so much of it that the majority must be disposed of by dumping it on the Netherlands or Austria.   In 2013, 33 TWh of green electricity was produced over the German demand, but the citizens had to pay for it anyway.

The energy revolution is the holy grail of public-private partnership at the expense of the citizen. If one were to ask a few savvy hedge fund managers to devise a program that has completely risk-free yields of billions in profits every year – it would look pretty much like the law to promote renewable energies. And the really clever thing about it is: The gain is not only guaranteed for more than 20 years, once set in motion, the madness can never stop again.

You have to look at  just what contortions the now Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel would have to take to get the subsidies somehow under control.  Until 2024, already, nothing more can be done.   In that time, according to estimates, at least 200 billion euros will be paid – regardless of whether we need more wind turbines and solar cells or not.

The challenge now is to limit funding rates for the period after 2024, but even that seems difficult.

Partisanship on environmental issues – among journalists a virtue

Since the Prime Ministers have recognized what a windfall the energy change means for them, they have allied themselves with the industry to form an alliance against which no remedy seems to be possible, let alone any argument.  Any attempt to lower the cost will be immediately denounced as a stop on renewable energy.  Whoever hopes the press will reject this as a blatant form of lobbying, will wait a long time.

The reporting is firmly in the hands of journalists, for the bias in environmental matters is not a sin, but a virtue.

As always, if politicians realize that they miscalculated, they try to hide the evidence. The easiest way to evade responsibility, is the concealment of costs by outsourcing in a shadow budget.   A politician has never been fired for hiding debt.

The first politician who came up with the idea to declare the cost of the energy transition as a “solar debt ” and pay through taxes, was the long-standing Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner.

Meanwhile, some environmental experts in the SPD have recognized the charm of this proposal.   If the price of renewables no longer appears on the electricity bill, the citizens forget, perhaps, which relieves the person who sold us the wind and sun as inexpensive alternatives.

In normal business life such deals are banned for good reason, because there, you would end up in court charged with fraud.


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2 Comments on “Great article out of Germany: In Ontario it’s the cost of a Tim’s. In Germany it’s a scoop of ice cream.”

  1. cornwallwindwatch March 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  2. Cold Air March 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on Colder Air and commented:
    From an article I wrote in November 2011:
    Three days before Ontarians headed to the polls, the Star brazenly provided Jürgen Trittin, formerly Germany’s Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety 91998-2005), editorial space to intervene in Ontario’s election. Tritten’s lecture ended with “Ontario is on the right path. Now it must stay the course.” According to Der Speigel, that course involves politicians enriching allies: “Few people in the hinterlands are familiar with the name Aloys Wobben, but the founder of the wind power company Enercon is now a multibillionaire and one of Germany’s richest people. Thanks to former Environment Minister Jürgen Trittin, companies that got their start in garages were able to earn millions upon millions during the years when Germany was run by a Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Green Party coalition government…..” . Germany’s experience indicate they understood that increased contributions from wind must displace baseload (constant output) sources…. Germany, having found wind production was primarily driving exports, is now finding the same limitations are true of of the solar capacity which has seen enormous growth since wind output started dropping.

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