Germany seems to be caught between to goals….. one is to have the bestest every renewable portfolio…… the other goal is to have actual reliable and usable electricity. As most of us know, Germany shut down their nuclear plants. So now they need some energy. They’re all over the board on this, sort of. Obviously no plans for new nuclear power, and no major solar projects…. which they don’t do much of, theirs is mostly small rooftop installations. But, they’ve got a lot of wind coming on line. But, they’ve got more coal coming on line, and natural gas as well.
Of the ones beyond planning stage, they’ve got 20 off-shore wind farms with a stated capacity of 7154 MW. We know they don’t produce near their capacity, so they expect much less than that on the average. They also seemed to have found room for some pumped storage, coming in at 2730 MW. Will they stock them with fish? Then they’re bringing 13 gas fired plants on line with a capacity of 8410 MW. They’re bringing two different types of coal plants 3 that burns brown coal and 12 which burns hard coal. Don’t ask me which the nutters think is worse, I don’t know. I suppose I could care enough to Google it, but I don’t. The total capacity of these plants will be 16,471 MW. I sure am glad their going green! I was worried about all of that CO2 they would have emitted!
So, there you have it, the renewables are so successful in Germany that even their new installs won’t have a 30% mix. I’m not sure why they bother. Eight of the coal plants are coming on line this year or next. As are two gas fired ones. And can someone explain to me why digging a giant holes in the ground, filling one with and then pump it up a hill to collect power when it goes down the hill is better than just putting in some hydro plants on existing waterways?
My thanks to SEPP.