Germany’s Renewable Energy Disaster in Wind and Solar
Many states around the USA have been pushing Wind and Solar programs as being “reliable” sources of “cheap” energy for years. The truth has been coming out. Reliable they are not. Cheap energy is a lie also.
The State of Minnesota has a unique partnership with Germany with a connection via the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. The connection is International Energy Partnerships which is lead by German Dr. Sabine Engel who is the Director of International Partnerships. Dr. Engel leads the program called, CLIMATE-SMART MUNICIPALITIES.
Getting at the Truth is Up to Each of US!
There is truth to be found, you just need to be a good prospector. You need to want to find the truth. Like looking for buried gold, it takes work. There is lots of “dirt” called lies covering over the truth about Climate Change.
You can find it if you look for the motives behind things. Ask the question, who is making money from this thing? Who stands to benefit financially if we switch from burning coal to make electricity to using wind farms or solar farms? Is funding coming from industry or tax money? Are GRANTS used to fund demonstration projects in your community? If so, who or what is behind the grant money and what promises are being made in order to receive those grants.
The Climate-Smart Municipalities program connects cities in Minnesota and Germany in an information sharing approach. The goal is to bring the German technology and alternative energy systems that have been developed in Germany to Minnesota. Making this happen results in an exchange of people and visits between the two countries. These visits are at taxpayer expense for Minnesota state officials.
Minnesota is Copying a Failed System
Germany’s wind and solar experiment has failed: the so-called ‘Energiewende’ (energy transition) has turned into an insanely costly debacle.Stop These Things
We have known since 2018 that the renewables program in Germany was a failure.
German power prices have rocketed; blackouts and load shedding are the norm; and idyllic rural communities are now industrial wastelands (see above).
Hundreds of billions of euros have been squandered on subsidies to wind and solar, all in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide gas emissions. However, that objective has failed too: CO2 emissions continue to rise.
Germany turns back to coal and natural gas as millions of its solar panels are blanketed in snow and ice.
Energiewende is a German word for ‘”energy transition.” Energiewende is a policy launched by the German government in 2000 to decarbonize its primary energy supply. Depending on whom you ask, the program has been praised by many environmentalists and others called it a failure.
In 2000 when the program was first launched, 6.6 percent of Germany’s electricity came from renewable sources such as solar and wind. In 2019, almost two decades later, the share reached 41.1 percent. That’s where the good news end. In 2000, Germany had an installed capacity of 121 gigawatts with 577 terawatt-hours generated, which is 54 percent as much as it theoretically could have done (that is, 54 percent was its capacity factor). But in 2019, the country only produced a meager 5 percent more (607 TWh). (Source)
Germany’s Energiewende, 20 Years Later
During the past two decades, the Energiewende has been praised as an innovative miracle that will inexorably lead to a completely green Germany and criticized as an expensive, poorly coordinated overreach.(Source)
Backlash Against Renewables Surged In 2021
Of the many whoppers that renewable-energy promoters use while advocating for huge increases in the use of wind and solar, the most absurd claim is that building massive amounts of new renewable energy capacity won’t require very much land.(Source)
Despite the many false claims about the land intensity of renewables, the physics and the math don’t lie. The incurably low power density of wind and solar energy (which are the subject of a 10-minute TED-style talk I gave last week) means that they require cartoonish amounts of land. Furthermore, the notion that there are plenty of rural towns and counties who just can’t wait to have forests of 600-foot-high wind turbines and oceans of solar panels inflicted upon them is nothing more than rank propaganda. Furthermore, as the industry has grown, the land grab (and ocean grab) being attempted by companies like NextEra Energy, Invenergy, Avangrid, Copenhagen Energy Partners, and others, has spawned a backlash that is raging from the fishing docks in Montauk and Rhode Island, to McKibben’s home state of Vermont (where, by the way, you can’t build wind turbines), out west to Shasta County and Oahu, as well as in Canada, Germany, France, Australia and other countries around the world. (Source)
Renewable Rejection Database by Robert Bryce
The truth is, most people do not want wind farms or solar farms in their areas. Robert Bryce has been following the change in attitude for several years. He has compiled his Renewable Rejection Database that you can view. Robert is the author of the book, “A Question of Power: Electricity and The Wealth of Nations.” You can read more on his website and order the book.
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