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German green energy bluster running out of wind

At least one green energy developer recognizes that these stimulus subsidy programs have a record of doing more harm than good, and he isn't reluctant to say why. Patrick Jenevein, CEO of the Dallas-based Tang Energy Group, posted a Wall Street Journal article arguing that "the sequester offers Washington a rare opportunity to roll back misguided subsidies and maybe help reverse wind power's stalling momentum."
13 Aug 2013

German green energy bluster running out of wind

At least one green energy developer recognizes that these stimulus subsidy programs have a record of doing more harm than good, and he isn't reluctant to say why. Patrick Jenevein, CEO of the Dallas-based Tang Energy Group, posted a Wall Street Journal article arguing that "the sequester offers Washington a rare opportunity to roll back misguided subsidies and maybe help reverse wind power's stalling momentum."
13 Aug 2013

Germans grow skeptical over shift to renewables

One out of two Germans has grown critical of the policy change, according to a recent survey by German pollster Forsa, commissioned by the consumer advocacy group, vzbv. ...From a natural science point of view, the change towards green energy was an absurd undertaking, said physicist Horst-Joachim Lüdecke. Noting that renewables yield less energy than fossil fuels ..."You can hold out your hand in a storm, but not put it into a furnace."
12 Aug 2013

Europe's Renewable Romance Fades

When intermittent renewables are small players in the grid, they can be easily absorbed. But as they reach European levels of penetration, the strain begins to show. ...Lavish subsidies for wind and solar have changed Europe's generation mix, but the costs have been high because the subsidy structure prioritized mass deployment rather than efficiency, reliability and innovation.
30 Jul 2013

The greens can't defy gravity. They're finished

From Washington to London, shale gas rather than any renewable technology is seen as the future. Even nations such as Germany and Spain, which led the march to green energy, are slashing unaffordable subsidies to the renewables industry. ...the average share price of companies in the renewable sector has fallen by 80 per cent over five years. The heavy cost of green energy policies might have been justifiable if they had delivered results, but they haven't.
23 Jul 2013

Eco-Blowback: Mutiny in the Land of Wind Turbines

Germany-1_thumb "It's all an enormous swindle," says Besigheim-based auditor Walter Müller, whose job involves examining the books of wind farm companies. His verdict? A fabric of lies and deception. The experts commissioned by the operators of the wind farms sometimes describe areas with weak breezes as top "wind-intensive" sites to make them appear more attractive. "Small-scale investors are promised profits to attract them into closed funds for wind farms that do not generate enough energy," he says. "Ultimately, all the capital is eaten up."
13 Jul 2013

Germany to pull plug on solar subsidies

Solar energy is notoriously unreliable as a power source and Germany has seen its market hobbled by oversupply and ferocious competition from players such as China. Merkel, campaigning for a third term, has promised an overhaul of subsidies for renewable energy after the September general election ...Berlin "has so far invested 216 billion euros ($A308.24 billion) in renewables
9 Jul 2013

Green Energy Bust in Germany

Germany is indeed avoiding blackouts—by opening new coal- and gas-fired plants. Renewable electricity is proving so unreliable and chaotic that it is starting to undermine the stability of the European grid and provoke international incidents. The spiraling cost of the renewables surge has sparked a backlash, including government proposals to slash subsidies and deployment rates. Worst of all, the Energiewende made no progress at all in clearing the German grid of fossil fuels or abating greenhouse emissions—nor is it likely to for at least a decade longer.
1 Jul 2013

Britain can't afford to throw money at wind power

Nobody with a sense of fiscal responsibility could endorse the massive subsidies being lavished on wind power which, as we report, are being maintained despite the Government's proclaimed culture of austerity. ...the Government's EU-prescribed goal of providing 20 per cent of the country's energy requirements from ''renewables'' by 2020 does not look realistic or financially responsible.
30 Jun 2013

Germany burning wood, paying huge bills for green energy plot

When the wind is blowing strong, Germans often have less use for the electricity being created by it - and no way to store. As a result, they dump the excess electricity onto neighboring nations at a loss. This effectively means the surcharge on household electric bills within Germany are being used to reduce the price of electricity sold to businesses and other customers OUTSIDE of Germany.
24 Jun 2013

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Europe&p=16&topic=Energy+Policy
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