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Germany threatened with final loss of control at the energy transition
The Federal Audit Office has accused the federal government of having
largely failed to control the transformation of energy systems. The
expenditure for the ecological reconstruction of the energy supply is
in a "glaring disproportion to the so far poor yield", said President
of the Court of Audit Kay Scheller in Berlin: "The Federal Government
threatens to fail with its inter-generational project of the energy
Merely says that management of the transition has been poor, and
"threatens to fail" is not the same thing as "failed". So it does
actually work in Germany.
No one is bound to do the impossible.
So it does actually work in Germany.
by 2027, IEA's forecasts (PDF) put wind just beating all other electricity
sources with a 23-percent share of the energy mix.
Why might that be?
It wouldn't have anything to do with government mandates to maximize
the use of wind power even if it means idling cost-effective and
reliable coal plants that can pull their weight all day long ... along
with the weight of the loafing windmills when they flake out, would
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"Other Renewables" like
biomass plants contribute a little over 20 percent, gas adds 20 percent,
nuclear contributes just a little below 20 percent, and coal declines to just
over 10 percent. Solar energy contributes about six or seven percent in the
IEA's 2027 scenario.
When it comes to energy production, there’s no such thing as a free
As the world begins its large-scale transition toward low-carbon energy
sources, it is vital that the pros and cons of each type are well
understood and the environmental impacts of renewable energy, small as
they may be in comparison to coal and gas, are considered.
In two papers — published today in the journals Environmental Research
Letters and Joule — Harvard University researchers find that the
transition to wind or solar power in the U.S. would require five to 20
times more land than previously thought, and, if such large-scale wind
farms were built, would warm average surface temperatures over the
continental U.S. by 0.24 degrees Celsius.
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