[ Below is my summary of The Energiewende is Running Up Against Its Limits (October 24, 2016) by Jeffrey Michel at the Energy Collective. Wealthy, well-educated Germany has tried harder and longer than most nations to make a transition to renewables. If Germany can’t pull it off, that doesn’t bode well for other nations.
Alice Friedemann www.energyskeptic.com author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, KunstlerCast278, Peak Prosperity , XX2 report ]
Germany’s “energiewende” is a plan to switch from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas) to renewable, sustainable energy. But this goal will be even harder to reach after the decision to abandon nuclear power, adding another 22% required from renewable generation. South Germany, where most of the industry lies, doesn’t have enough solar or wind to power their region, so a massive expansion of the grid will be required to get power from elsewhere, which may prove to be too expensive: