…Vaunted Energiewende is Failing…
Germany has claimed that energiewende will replace all fossil fuels with renewables.
Billions have been spent on renewables, yet we now have the CEO of a major German power producer (RWE) saying that Germany must add natural gas power plants.
CEO Markus Krebber said:
“We still underestimate how many new gas-fired power plants we need in Germany. At the moment, our security of supply is based entirely on nuclear energy, lignite and hard coal. We have few gas plants.”
“But nuclear energy and coal must be completely replaced in order to establish security of supply.”
The last nuclear plant will be shut down in December of next year, while coal-fired power plants are scheduled for closure by 2030, though this is being widely debated.
The CEO of RWE recognizes that when the wind doesn’t blow, natural gas power plants are needed for backup. Or as he said, “For security of supply.”
Already this year, german industry suffered unexpected shutdowns when the wind stopped blowing unexpectedly.
In spite of the billions of Euro’s spent on renewables, Germany has only reduced its CO2 emissions by 20% over the past 15 years, not including 2020 which was affected by the COVID shutdowns.
This is an indication that energiewende has actually been a failure.
Now the CEO of RWE is calling for 20 to 30 GW of natural gas power plants to be built.
Natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plants are typically around 800 MW each. This means the CEO is calling for around 30 new NGCC power plants to be built, representing an investment of around $25 billion.
This is an admission that renewables cannot replace fossil fuels and is another indication that energiewende is a failure.
Why do we have net-zero carbon polices when its obvious they will fail?
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Why you ask … that’s easy. H.L. Mencken said, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” A scared public is then easily convinced to give up freedom for security — which in reality is tyranny.
Thanks. Excellent observation.
And where is the gas to come from?
In Germany, that’s part of the problem. They have gotten themselves into the position of having to rely on Russia.
They have forbidden fracking, and are relying on wind and solar in support of net-zero policies.
Surely security of supply would be best ensured by keeping all the coal and lignite burners and the nukes going.
If the Germans are worried about CO2, they can just build more nukes.
Thanks. Obviously, not likely.