Germany’s Coal Binge, thanks to BigWind

We have blogged about Germany’s failed Industrial Wind Turbine experiment, many times. This administration and EPA should think twice before forcing our coal mines to close. Why? The wind doesn’t blow all the time and the excess energy that it produces, when we don’t need it, cannot be efficiently or cost effectively stored. What can we do, in the fraction of a second, when the turbines don’t produce enough energy to meet our baseload demand? Well, Germany has relied on coal to fill that gap. In the USA, we are blessed with coal and gas to fill that void (nuclear is not allowed to ramp down, it is not safe)- for now, we have those 2 options available, at least until the EPA regulations force the closing of coal plants.  This is why we must quit subsidizing BigWind.  Wind will never replace the ‘backups’ of gas and coal.  We must be smarter with our dollars and begin funding legitimate research that can benefit our grid, not hurt it. China is betting that Thorium is the next great energy producer, as they are funding a tremendous amount of research with it. Will the USA fall behind in this race for a new energy source?.. 

Berlins “energy revolution” is going great—if you own a coal mine. The German shift to renewable power sources that started in 2000 has brought the green share of German electricity up to around 25%. But the rest of the energy mix has become more heavily concentrated on coal, which now accounts for some 45% of power generation and growing. Embarrassingly for such an eco-conscious country, Germany is on track to miss its carbon emissions reduction goal by 2020…

via Germanys Coal Binge – WSJ – WSJ.

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