Germany’s rebellion against wind power picks up pace

Reading the propaganda that Greens and wind power fanatics churn out the state of affairs in Germany, one could be forgiven for thinking our Teutonic cousins are experiencing a universal condition of rapture and living in a wind energy utopia.

The reality is, as one finds all too often, very different.  As Dellers explained in his piece in the Mail on Sunday, sudden fluctuations in Germany’s power grid caused by the ebb and flow of wind have led to serious industrial damageand the number of short interruptions in the grid has increased by 29 per cent in the past three years – resulting in some firms on the grid reporting damage running into hundreds of thousands of euros as a result of unexpected stoppages.

In 2006, when wind farms were few and far between, engineers in eastern Germany running coal, gas and nuclear power plants took action to stabilize the grid roughly 80 times a year.  Today, as the amount of electricity generated by the region’s 8,000  wind turbines rises and falls by the hour, engineers have to intervene every second day in order to maintain network stability. The knock on effect cannot be underestimated either as neighbouring Czechs and Poles are so fed up with the instability that they are on the verge of blocking the disruptive wind-produced electricity from their power lines.

These are just some of the technical problems that are conveniently being ignored by Ed Davey and the rest of the coagulation government.  But from Germany, via stories in publications like Spiegel that are ignored in our own patsy press, we also discover that the dash for wind is seeing increasing setting the establishment and big business against ordinary citizens who are declaring enough is enough.

The excessive costs borne by taxpayers and energy customers is becoming a major issue.  The effects on residents who are being physically affected by the consequences of living close to the noise and vibration of the turbines is being increasingly reported and stirring opposition.  And of course the blight of the landscape and the horrific death toll inflicted on insects, birds and bats is also making many former supporters of wind switch to opposing the proliferation of ever bigger and more harmful masts, some in new developments and others replacing existing smaller masts as part of a process of ‘repowering’.

Despite all this, the UK government presses ahead with plans to erect more wind turbines around this country, citing its carefully constructed fictions about the efficiency, cost effectiveness and future benefits of wind farms.  But the tactic of wind advocates of citing Germany as a wind power success story is increasingly failing to stand up to scrutiny as the counter consensus becomes stronger.

Factor in the extortionate costs to energy customers and taxpayers of providing generous incentives to corporates to install CO2 emitting diesel generators as back up for wind via the short term operating reserve (STOR), as we start to see the makings of a dramatic shift away from the renewables fantasy.  What we are seeing in Germany we can soon expect to see here in the UK.  Then things could get interesting.

9 Responses to “Germany’s rebellion against wind power picks up pace”

  1. 1 nollyprott 14/07/2013 at 10:07 pm

    Reblogged this on nollyprott and commented:
    The Germans will end the Co2 Scam First !

  2. 2 Stolen innocence 2012 of United Wheeldom 15/07/2013 at 8:23 am

    Reblogged this on stoleninnocence2012's Blog.

  3. 3 Furor Teutonicus 15/07/2013 at 10:23 am

    XX The Germans will end the Co2 Scam First !XX

    WE need to get that commy bitch out of the Reichstag first. And the other commys as well. (“Commy” anything further left wing than Joe McCarthy. And, as far as I am concerned, that means the slimy green turds as well).

  4. 4 james higham 15/07/2013 at 11:00 am

    One can only hope for here but not with any great expectation of success.

  5. 5 Brian H 16/07/2013 at 6:15 am

    Oog. One of those little misuses of a rhetorical device that ends up saying the exact opposite of context and intent: “The knock on effect cannot be underestimated either”. Actually, it is severely underestimated, and should not be. “The knock on effect cannot be overestimated either” is what fits the context: i.e., the knock-on effect is so severe even the highest guesses are appropriate.

  6. 6 Brian H 16/07/2013 at 6:19 am

    Is it possible? Inhabitants of the two countries, despite all appearances, are not so deluded by CAGW fears that they will happily commit economic suicide? They might be sane enough to pull back from the brink?

    I doubt it.

  7. 7 StrongUnitedKingdom 16/07/2013 at 11:07 am

    Great points AM. Some personal thoughts on the way forward:
    -Drop the 3x standard tariff on the turbines. Let us have some “equality” here with the other energy sources.
    -Publically display the real time & historic output of the turbines.
    -Publically display the real costs of the electricity produced including all subsidies from whatever source.
    -Allow people to challenge for the removal of a turbine if it remains idle for more than a set period, e.g. 28 days.
    -Make the owner liable for the full cost of the site restoration to pre-implementation status. Including the removal, disposal and refilling with soil of the huge concrete footings.
    -Invest the money saved in extending the life of current coal stations to bridge the gap with the new nuclear (and the “Harvey Smith” to the EU if they dare to whine).
    -Review the commercial viability of starting coal mining in the UK.
    -Massively increase UK storage capacity for gas, coal, oil etc to levels comparable with Germany (82 days gas) from the 5 or so days we have at the present so we can benefit from bulk purchasing when the price is right and avoid our people freezing after 7 days of snow.

    I’m sure other will have ideas on the topic as well.

  8. 8 Furor Teutonicus 16/07/2013 at 3:55 pm

    XX Brian H 16/07/2013 at 6:19 am

    Is it possible? Inhabitants of the two countries, despite all appearances, are not so deluded by CAGW fears that they will happily commit economic suicide? They might be sane enough to pull back from the brink?

    I doubt it. XX

    Trouble is, it does not matter what we, the voter wants.

    They do not even have to worry about their polling rates, they have cured THAT problem;

    Give the public no choice and, as we saw for decades in the East block, it will not stop the stupid bastards going out to vote.

    How? Dare I suggest back handed deals in small dark broom cupboards, someweher in the Recihstag, or Westminster?

    You know the sort of thing, “Look, if we let you take Hessen, and throw a couple of decent Government contracts at your firm, which we KNOW is in trouble…. (or COULD be (nod nod wink wink whilst idly playing with a zippo lighter), then you support our policy to ban green lemonade during the hours of darkness. O.K? (Oh, and we KNOW where your kids go to school).”

  1. 1 If All You See… » Pirate's Cove Trackback on 15/07/2013 at 6:00 pm
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