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German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress
Spiegelonline ^ | 10/10/2012

Posted on 10/11/2012 4:29:28 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Germany plans to abandon nuclear power by 2022, but its government hasn't been doing enough to ensure that the project succeeds. Needed infrastructure and technology is lacking, and coordination is a mess. Meanwhile, weary consumers are paying more for electricity, and the supply is in jeopardy.


Tripods on which offshore wind turbines will be erected: The problems don't stop once the power gets to shore, however. In order to get the power from
northern Germany to southern Germany, where it is needed most, Germany will have to massively expand its power grid.

German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler is standing in the boiler room of a row house in the town of Hönow, near Berlin. He doesn't look at all pleased with what he's seeing: an un-insulated heating pipe. What a waste of money and energy!

The owner of the building, Petra Röfke, 54, and her partner Hartmut, 58, look embarrassed. But the minister has some good advice for them. Wrapping a little foam insulation around the pipe would help save a lot of energy, he says, adding: "I have the same kind of pipe in my house."

In fact, says Rösler, he has a good mind to drive to the local hardware store and take care of the matter himself, along with replacing the old, inefficient light bulbs he saw while touring the house. He also didn't fail to notice the antiquated tube television set in the living room. "A lot can be done here," says the minister, giving the couple his final verdict.

With the government driving up the price of electricity, Rösler seems to feel an urge to make himself useful by dispensing advice on how to save money and energy. On Monday, grid operators announced a significant increase in electricity prices

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1 posted on 10/11/2012 4:29:31 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

“German Energy Plan Plagued By Ignorance Of Laws Of Physics.”


2 posted on 10/11/2012 4:39:51 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

They still can’t get the sun to stay up all night.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 4:45:19 PM PDT by stboz
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To: stboz

Or the wind to blow all the time


4 posted on 10/11/2012 4:54:10 PM PDT by technically right
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To: bruinbirdman; Charles Henrickson; martin_fierro

Ich bin ein Turbiner


5 posted on 10/11/2012 5:09:39 PM PDT by mikrofon (Ich bin ein Tagliner)
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To: technically right

The back-up plan here....I know because I lived there such a long time....is that they end up buying nuke power from neighboring countries. They can charge whatever fees they want, and the Germans will have to pay for this. The big talk over wind-power and solar-power? Maybe in forty years, it might all add up. But they really sold this whole thing to the public and will have to accept fifty percent higher fees on electricity in less than decade.

I will also suggest this...most every hallway in Germany that you walk through in eight years....will have lights with half the wattage that they presently have. Lights in houses? Probably half the wattage as well. City lights? Probably half will be turned off by 2020.


6 posted on 10/11/2012 5:22:39 PM PDT by pepsionice
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