What we should learn from the ‘wind’ers and losers in Germany

We should learn from the mistakes of other countries. Renewable energy can collapse their grid and create blackouts; there are more articles about this risk popping up all over the web. Additionally, BigWind is causing electricity rates to skyrocket. Are there real ‘winners and losers’ here? Looks like only ‘winders’ and ‘losers’….

Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country’s electricity grid.

Twenty power companies including Germany’s biggest utilities, EON SE and RWE AG, now get fees for pledging to add or cut electricity within seconds to keep the power system stable, double the number in September, according to data from the nation’s four grid operators. Utilities that sign up to the 800 million-euro $1.1 billion balancing market can be paid as much as 400 times wholesale electricity prices, the data show….

Lawmakers last month backed a revision of a the country’s clean-energy law to curb green subsidies and slow gains in consumer power prices that are the second-costliest in the European Union…

via German Utilities Bail Out Electric Grid at Wind’s Mercy – Businessweek.

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