Germany’s “Energiewende” may need to be rescued with nonrenewable coal power

[ 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  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:

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One Response to Germany’s “Energiewende” may need to be rescued with nonrenewable coal power

  1. Weogo Reed says:

    Hi Alice,

    Here in North Carolina, much of the eastern part of the state is Pine plantations.
    Much of this wood is pulp wood for paper mills.
    Historically, branches, tops and stumps were left to decompose and build soil.
    Then there were burn piles to speed up industrial scale re-planting.
    Next they started chipping this material for commercial and then residential wood pellet burners.
    Germany in particular became a big buyer of chipped material, and
    now whole trees are being chipped and shipped to Germany.

    Local activists are saying our forests have no waste,
    that we are impoverishing our soils.

    Some info here:

    Quite a bit of fossil fuels go in to ships to transport these materials.

    Please send me an e-mail.

    Thanks and good health, Weogo