The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel is not exactly known as a conservative outfit. But Germany’s green energy policies have proven so disastrous that the magazine is writing that electricity is becoming a luxury good, owing to the vast expense and inefficiency of the wind, solar, and other green follies embraced by the government there:
Germany’s Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good
Germany’s agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start.
An example of the recklessness can be found in the country’s flagship wind farm. Via Breitbart:
Germany’s flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has been described as “a faulty total system” as technical problems continue to plague the project, casting major doubts on the feasibility of large scale offshore projects.
The wind farm was officially turned on in August last year but was shut down again almost immediately due to technical difficulties that have still not been resolved – and now lawyers are getting involved.
The wind farm comprises 80 5MW turbines situated 100 km off the north German coastline. The difficulty facing engineers is how to get the electricity generated back to shore. So far, every attempt to turn on the turbines has resulted in overloaded and “gently smouldering” offshore converter stations.
Built at a cost of hundreds of millions and costing between €1 and €2 million a day to service, the project is estimated to have cost €340 million in lost power generation over the last year alone. And if the problems with the technology are deemed not to be the fault of the operator, German taxpayers will be on the hook for the running and repair costs, thanks to the German Energy Act 2012.
Let Germany stand as an exmaple of what not to do. Global warming is a hoax, and the measures taken to solve this nonexistent problem are impoverishing people. Pull the plug now.