Germans out of $: Eat or Heat?

The country’s energy costs are more than any other county in the EU and 2x that of the USA. What will that do for their businesses?

Germany’s top economic advisers and business leaders are saying it’s time to stop pouring money into “clean energy” production.

Their reason: It’s too expensive and there’s little return on investment.

“We need a drastic policy shift,” said Christoph Schmidt, chairman of Germany’s Council of Economic Experts. “They haven’t paid any attention to costs. These are now huge.”

Germany has long vowed to wean itself off of fossil fuels, but the cost of doing so has soared and it is expected to top roughly $1.3 trillion by 2030.

via German Economic Experts Ready to Pull the Plug on Costly Clean Energy Industry |


Stanford scientists uncover surprising truth about turbines

The scientists found that curtailing wind power reduces the energy return on investment by 10 percent. But storing surplus wind-generated electricity in batteries results in even greater reductions – from about 20 percent for lithium-ion batteries to more than 50 percent for lead-acid.

“Ideally, the energetic cost of curtailing a resource should at least equal the amount of energy it cost to store it,” Dale said. “That’s the case for photovoltaics, but for wind farms, the energetic cost of curtailment is much lower than for battery storage. Therefore, it would actually be more energetically efficient to shut down a wind turbine than to store the surplus electricity it generates.”

He compared it to buying a safe. “You wouldn’t spend a $100 on a safe to store a $10 watch,” he said.

via Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid.

“And then there were none”…spinning, that is

While driving across Indiana-Ohio state line on Sunday, July 21, I noticed that not one of the giant wind turbines in sight was turning. The temperature was almost 90 degrees. Many air conditioners were working hard while no power was being generated by the monstrous wind generators. I drove to Van Wert on Thursday, July 25, and again, every wind turbine in sight was motionless.It’s a good thing the power companies have other sources of energy – ones that are consistent, reliable, efficient and cost-effective.

via Letter to the Editor.

Bravo, to a citizen with eyes wide-open to see some truth. After almost 30 years of subsidies and billions of tax-dollars spent, how much value have these added to our grid? They produce LESS than 10% of our nations electricity!


Government scam: Diesel behind the Wind

The Government is set to make a windfall profit of hundreds of millions of pounds out of a lucrative scheme to sell power from thousands of the emergency diesel generators it owns to the National Grid. The cash will come from using them to guard against the times when the wind is too low to drive the expanding fleet of wind turbines, so staving off widespread blackouts

via Energy: million-pound government windfall when no wind blows.