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YALE GROUP: EXTENSION OF NUCLEAR MEANS GERMANY HEADED FOR 100 PERCENT RENEWABLES?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so are news stories – as proved yesterday by a breathless report from the Yale University Center for Globalization, reprinted in the Global Arab Network.

Daniel Boese, “a reporter at zitty, Berlin’s leading city magazine,” looks at this week’s decision by the Merkel government to extend the life of Germany’s nuclear reactors by 15 years and draws the debatable conclusion:  “Germany Moving Towards 100% Renewable Energy.”

“[Merkel’s] controversial decision, provoking strong protest, was unnecessary, as two special days show:  “July 14 set a record . . . in solar energy. For the first time, combined electrical output of solar panels in Germany was more than 50 percent of the output of the nation’s 17 nuclear plants. . . . This came seven months after . . . [h]eavy winds on December 26 . . . produced up to 20,100 megawatts of [wind] power, pushing the price for electricity into the negative . . . Coal plants had to pay for power instead of selling it. . . “The two days sent a signal – the goal of providing Germany with 100 percent renewable energy is reachable.”

An analogy might be this:  “Yesterday I came to a long downhill and turned off my car engine while rolling all the way down. This proves I’m on the way to running my car without gas.” The move to 100 percent renewables has only one catch – cost. True, Germany has raised the price of electricity 60 percent in the last decade by forcing people to buy renewables and Spain’s experience (now abandoned) has been worse. But according to Boese, “The price is worth it.”

The only other impediment apparently is those pesky nuclear reactors:  “Baseload power of large nuclear and coal power stations leaves little room in the electric grid for more volatile solar and wind.

Returning to nuclear power would be highly profitable for four large utilities, with profits ranging around €1 million per day per nuclear plant. The topic promises to remain controversial this fall.”  No mention that those €1 million daily profits might mean nuclear is more efficient and is saving everybody money – as France has long discovered.

Thank goodness only YaleGlobalOnline and the Global Arab Network believe this stuff.

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6 Responses to “YALE GROUP: EXTENSION OF NUCLEAR MEANS GERMANY HEADED FOR 100 PERCENT RENEWABLES?”

  1. grl Says:

    Germany’s industrial base will soon discover that its escalating energy costs from renewable solar and wind facilities are destroying its competitive advantage.

    When wind and solar triumph in Germany, energy intensive job-sustaining businesses will find their salvation in cheap French electricity…as the Italians, Spanish, and English acknowledge even now.

    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/default.aspx?id=330&terms=France says:

    France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over EUR 3 billion per year from this. Next door is Italy, without any operating nuclear power plants. It is Europe’s largest importer of electricity, most coming ultimately from France.) The UK has also become a major customer for French electricity.

    It only gets worse for Germany from here should the “Greens” continue their destruction.

  2. grl Says:

    Germany’s industrial base will soon discover that its escalating energy costs from renewable solar and wind facilities are destroying its competitive advantage.

    When wind and solar triumph in Germany, energy intensive job-sustaining businesses will find their salvation in cheap French electricity…as the Italians, Spanish, and English acknowledge even now.

    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/default.aspx?id=330&terms=France says:

    France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over EUR 3 billion per year from this. Next door is Italy, without any operating nuclear power plants. It is Europe’s largest importer of electricity, most coming ultimately from France.) The UK has also become a major customer for French electricity.

    It only gets worse for Germany from here should the “Greens” continue their destruction.

  3. grl Says:

    Germany’s industrial base will soon discover that its escalating energy costs from renewable solar and wind facilities are destroying its competitive advantage.

    When wind and solar triumph in Germany, energy intensive job-sustaining businesses will find their salvation in cheap French electricity…as the Italians, Spanish, and English acknowledge even now.

    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/default.aspx?id=330&terms=France says:

    France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over EUR 3 billion per year from this. Next door is Italy, without any operating nuclear power plants. It is Europe’s largest importer of electricity, most coming ultimately from France.) The UK has also become a major customer for French electricity.

    It only gets worse for Germany from here should the “Greens” continue their destruction.

  4. Joffan Says:

    The new Georges Besse centrifuge enrichment plant, gradually replacing the power-hungry diffusion plant over the next few years, will effectively add two new reactors to the French network that will no doubt provide additional electricity for export.

  5. Joffan Says:

    The new Georges Besse centrifuge enrichment plant, gradually replacing the power-hungry diffusion plant over the next few years, will effectively add two new reactors to the French network that will no doubt provide additional electricity for export.

  6. Joffan Says:

    The new Georges Besse centrifuge enrichment plant, gradually replacing the power-hungry diffusion plant over the next few years, will effectively add two new reactors to the French network that will no doubt provide additional electricity for export.