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Germany’s Green Energy Policies Making Electricity a “Luxury” — Welcome to Ontario’s Future

Thomas Lifson — American Thinker — September 15, 2014

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.

 wind turbines coast of Germany 2003

 

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One Comment on “Germany’s Green Energy Policies Making Electricity a “Luxury” — Welcome to Ontario’s Future”

  1. sandcanyongal September 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    1. Electricity as a luxury item is just like every canned, fresh, packaged staple has become a luxury item. Go into any grocery store and look at the “new” size of a can of tuna, soup in a can, spice, fruit or vegetable, red, pork, poultry or fish and they are individually priced as if they were luxury items. Ontario is a cold climate. I was there when it was -20 F. A luxury heating bill will force people into poverty.

    2. I have a question. The photo shows greenery around the turbines. The photo must be photoshopped because according to operations manuals it is extremely dangerous to be within about 1200 feet of a turbine generator. Yet photos show grass and crops growing right up to the pads. A tractor and industrial tiller would never ever be allowed close to underground electrical lines, power lines or local electrical boxes located near every single turbine generator.

    My question. Has anyone ever seen crops grown or farmers on tractors or farm equipment riding under a 400-500 foot turbine generator?

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