Germans are paying the highest electricity prices of any country in the world, with Ireland not too far behind as the 5th most expensive country for electricity on earth – all thanks to “green” policies.
In Germany, over 50% of homeowners’ power bills are just from government-imposed taxes and fees – not even the electricity costs themselves.
Good morning from #Germany, which has the highest electricity prices in world. One kilowatt-hour now costs 0.34 euros, twice as much as in #Sweden or 3 times as much as in the US. Energy transition & high subsidies for green electricity to blame. https://t.co/EacamVo3V2 via @welt pic.twitter.com/53OI01G63s
— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) January 15, 2021
This makes German power 43% more expensive than the average of those across the entire rest of the European Union.
In addition to soaring record-high prices, Germany’s wind and solar transition, also known as the “Energiewende”, has come under intense scrutiny lately, as the country finds itself on the verge of near constant blackouts due to grid instability.
Germany, which recently abandoned nuclear power and has been ramping back on coal and gas power plants in an effort to fight climate change, is set to be teetering on a knife edge in coming years when it comes to blackouts and power outages. As reported earlier this year by Reuters:
“The [federal] audit office also warned of a looming energy supply shortfall as utilities prepare to turn off the last of their nuclear reactors and the government spurs a pullout from coal. There is likely to be a shortfall of 4.5 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to 10 large coal-to-power generation plants, on the power grid between 2022 and 2025, the audit office report said.”
The increased reliance on volatile and unreliable renewable energies like wind and solar power have led to significant fluctuations in the German power grids.
“The number of emergency calls is increasing dramatically,” reported De24 news.
“Up until a few years ago, Wien Energie only had to ramp up electricity generation for short periods around 15 times. In recent years this has been the case up to 240 times a year for grid stabilization.”
Gas-fired power plants are essential for German security of supply, but Wien Energie aims to switch to green gas in the medium term with dangerous consequences.
Germany’s precarious power grid earlier this year threatened the stability for the entire European power grid more broadly, and almost led to a continent-wide power outage in January during a particular cold snap when the German renewable power grid was strained to capacity.
— Alessandro Speciale (@aspeciale) January 27, 2021
The German government are currently discussing shutting down even more coal-fired and nuclear power plants in an effort to hit climate emissions targets, and plan to implement electricity rationing as a new part of normal life.
According to the proposed draft law, it was written that “controllable consumption facilities” would be able to receive no electricity for up to two hours per day if there was a threat of overloading the grid.
“This includes charging stations for e-cars as well as heat pumps, which can already be temporarily disconnected from the power supply,” reports Tichys Einblick.
German grid seems like it’s doing well under The Transition, they must be following The Science. Perhaps they should try following The Physics and The Economics… 😂🦄https://t.co/4VX83pc7AD pic.twitter.com/hitNmorEip
— BennyBeatts (@EnergyWrapAU) January 24, 2021
The European Union recently announced that they had a goal of reducing the bloc’s carbon emissions by over 50% by 2030 – a greater planned reduction than any other nation or body on earth.
EU adopts ambitious new targets to curb climate changehttps://t.co/8PbLshEnsW
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 21, 2021