Saturday, 18 January 2014
Coal, Glorious Coal - Sing Along with the Chorus to Germany's New Hit Musical!
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"...For all the talk about wind and solar, Germany's Energiewender is producing one big result - a return to coal. For an entire week last December, German's 23,000 windmills stood perfectly still. Solar didn't produce much power, either. Gas is still too expensive and so, unless the Germans are planning to do without power for weeks at a time, they need something to replace their nuclear reactors. That is coal..."
"...Germany's energy transition has also been a transition to coal: Despite multi-billion subsidies for renewable energy sources, power generation from brown coal (lignite) has climbed to its highest level in Germany since 1990. It is especially coal-fired power plants that are replacing the eight nuclear power plants that were shut down, while less CO2 intensive, but more expensive gas-fired power plants are currently barely competitive. Energy expert Patrick Graichen speaks of Germany's " energy transition paradox": the development of solar and wind farms, yet rising carbon dioxide-emissions..."