September 22, 2012

POLITICIZED ENGINEERING: Germany’s wind power chaos should be a warning to the UK. “Germany has gone further down the ‘renewables’ path than any country in the world, and now it’s paying the price . . . The more a country depends on such sources of energy, the more there will arise – as Germany is discovering – two massive technical problems. One is that it becomes incredibly difficult to maintain a consistent supply of power to the grid, when that wildly fluctuating renewable output has to be balanced by input from conventional power stations. The other is that, to keep that back-up constantly available can require fossil-fuel power plants to run much of the time very inefficiently and expensively. . . . Both these problems have come home to roost in Germany in a big way.”

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