Ontario and Germany on the road to “Renewable HELL!”

Posted: July 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

When politicians decide to sell their electorate out to sleazy investors and lobby groups who actually are using their very tax dollars to ruin the lives homes and futures of that electorate all in the fake name of “renewable energy” then all we can judge from the results of this policy is that renewable solar and wind energy is a massive FRAUD!

Like Merkel in Germany, our very own “mini Merkel”,Dalton McGuinty is taking Ontario down into “subsidized living hell” when it comes to “affordable electrical power”.

When George Smitherman originally opened the floodgates to these solar and wind sleaze artists he stated that our increase in electrical costs per consumer would only amount to a couple of percentage points in cost increases.

LIES!

The reality as we all know is that since this party began their renewable onslaught on this once fair province back in 2004 our Hydro Bills have doubled and are still climbing…not 2% but over 100%. That’s what makes Smitherman’s predictions out and out BS!

All wrapped up in a nice green wrapper, this rotten fish is still stinking to high heaven, and nothing will stop the flushing of tax payers dollars for years to come without a major 180 degree turn regarding the subsidy future for the fraud artists who have slimed their way inside our tax payers pockets!

Here’s the sad story of Germany’s future under their Green Government!

My question is: When will we kick these bums out of power?

Germans Cough Up for Solar Subsidies

By Alexander Neubacher and Catalina Schröder 07/04/2012

Photo Gallery: The Cost of the Rising Sun

Solar subsidies cost German consumers billions of dollars a year and are widely regarded as inefficient. Even environmentalists are concerned that Berlin’s focus on solar comes at the detriment of other renewables. But the solar industry has a powerful lobby, and politicians have proven powerless to resist.

German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier met with green energy industry...Germany’s new environment minister Peter Altmaier had only been in office a week before he traveled to Bonn for an urgent appointment. Important representatives from the German renewable energy industry were expecting him, including Frank Asbeck, CEO of the Bonn based Solarworld AG. And they were not to be put off. They wanted to know from Altmaier, who assumed his office in May, what was going to happen with solar industry subsidies.

The results of those closed-door negotiations will soon be passed on to the general public via their electricity bills, which are once again about to go up — even though Germans already pay the second highest energy prices in Europe. Next year, a three-person family will likely have to pay up to an additional €175 ($220) to finance the construction of renewable energy infrastructure.The biggest culprit behind this increase is the German government’s misguided subsidy policy. To the delight of the solar industry, Altmaier has decided to divert the largest share of renewable energy subsidies to photovoltaics, the most expensive renewable energy technology. As a result the solar industry is expecting continued record growth, despite the fact that photovoltaics are also the renewable energy least suited to the German climate.

Altmaier’s concessions to the solar industry are all the more baffling given that the German government had announced intentions to cut subsidies significantly, making plans to reduce the construction of photovoltaic systems to a reasonable level. And Altmaier himself, in his previous role as whip for the Christian Democrats in German parliament, warned that subsidies for the solar industry were bringing about “billions in additional costs, every week, every month.”

Altmaier’s switch to the Environment Ministry would appear to have changed his view of the situation. When Altmaier met with representatives from Germany’s federal states last week for final negotiations on an amendment to the country’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), there was little talk subsidy cuts.

Ultimately, the lawmakers agreed on a plan that makes considerable concessions to the solar industry, saddling energy consumers with billions in additional costs. The plan calls for funding to install up to 25 additional gigawatts of solar power in the coming years, nearly doubling the current supply. “It’s a compromise made at the expense of third parties,” says energy expert Holger Krawinkel at the Federation of German Consumer Organizations, “and a disastrous debut for new Environment Minister Peter Altmaier.”

Costly Mistake

A new study by Georg Erdmann, professor of energy systems at Berlin’s Technical University, reveals just how far Germany’s current center-right governing coalition — made up of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) — has strayed from its own self-imposed goals. Erdmann has calculated the effects that the latest changes to the EEG will have between now and 2030. He believes that subsidies for renewable energy, including an expansion of the power grid, will saddle energy consumers with costs well over €300 billion ($377 billion).

An environmental surcharge known as the EEG contribution, which is already added to German energy bills, will rise sharply. This renewable energy surcharge currently amounts to 3.59 cents per kilowatt hour. Chancellor Angela Merkel previously promised to cap it at 3.5 cents, but Erdmann’s calculations show the EEG contribution jumping to “over 10 cents per kilowatt hour,” or nearly three times what the chancellor pledged.

The study is all the more interesting because Erdmann himself is a member of a panel of experts the German government appointed a few months ago to monitor Germany’s transition to renewable energy. Though the panel is expected to deliver its conclusions at the end of this year, it already seems clear that Erdmann considers solar energy subsidies a hindrance rather than a help in Germany’s phase-out of nuclear energy.

Photovoltaics are threatening to become the costliest mistake in the history of German energy policy. Photovoltaic power plant operators and homeowners with solar panels on their rooftops are expected to pocket around €9 billion ($11.3 billion) this year, yet they contribute barely 4 percent of the country’s power supply, and only erratically at that.

When night falls, all solar modules go offline in one fell swoop; in the winter, they barely generate power during the daytime. During the summer, meanwhile, they sometimes generate too much power around midday, without enough storage capacity to capture it all. The distribution network is also not laid out in a way that would allow the country’s thousands of owners of photovoltaic arrays — a term used to denote an installation of several panels working together — to feed into the grid as well as draw power from it.

To keep the lights on, Germany ends up importing nuclear power from France and the Czech Republic. Grid operator Tennet even resorted to tapping an aging fossil fuel-fired power plant in Austria to compensate for shortages in solar power.

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  1. With all due respect and IMO Big Green Lie, the people of Ontario need to make sure that far more is done than your suggestion to “kick these bums out of power”, since much of our problem began before they took power and many who introduced it now located elsewhere… as I’m sure you already know. It’s time for Ontario folks to smarten up and start doing some heavy reading so they know exactly what past “amendments” and “policy” alterations are bringing our province to its knees by deliberately-followed unelected global “direction” to which our entire nation and its “peoples” remain obliged to date.

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