Germany just dropped a plan to cut their renewables subsidies by a third

posted at 7:01 pm on January 20, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Pretty big move for a country that, only a few years ago, was determined to serve as the zeitgeist of government-sponsored, infrastructure-overhauling “green” vigor, but I suppose the reality of coal’s comeback in making up for the deficiencies of their hastily-developed renewable technologies is just that unavoidable. Via Reuters:

Germany’s economy minister wants to cut the support price paid for electricity from solar and wind power generators by about a third by 2015, according to a draft proposal for one of the most challenging economic reforms facing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government.

Under the draft proposal the feed-in tariffs paid to renewable power generators will be cut to an average across all technologies of 12 cents per kiloWatthour (cent/kWh) by 2015 from 17 cents/kWh currently.

And Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who also leads the Social Democrats (SPD), wants the reduction to start taking effect for some new projects from as early as next week, according to the draft seen by Reuters on Saturday. …

The subsidies are largely borne by households, whose bills have almost doubled to an average of 300 euros ($410) per megawatt-hour (MWh) of energy over the past decade to become some of the highest in Europe.

That still means that they’re going for increasing their renewables capacity, but it’s a significant slowdown on the rate at which they hoped to do so — and Germany isn’t the only one reassessing the wisdom of their forcibly rushed transition to a low-fossil-fuel, no-nuclear, no-fracking, largely-renewables energy sector via central planning — the European Union at large has lately been have some severe second thoughts on the matter, and it looks like they’re getting ever-closer to their own official retrenchment, says Der Spiegel:

The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process. …

At the request of Commission President José Manuel Barroso, EU member states are no longer to receive specific guidelines for the development ofrenewable energy. The stated aim of increasing the share of green energy across the EU to up to 27 percent will hold. But how seriously countries tackle this project will no longer be regulated within the plan. As of 2020 at the latest — when the current commitment to further increase the share of green energy expires — climate protection in the EU will apparently be pursued on a voluntary basis. …

In addition, the authority wants to pave the way in the EU for the controversial practice of fracking, according to the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The report says the Commission does not intend to establish strict rules for the extraction of shale gas, but only minimum health and environmental standards.


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What’s with the headline – did they drop a plan or propose a plan?

Over50 on January 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Headline…..WTF?

Mark1971 on January 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I think they are trying to cut back by a third. But that “dropped a plan” headline is ambiguous.

Fred 2 on January 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

How to say Fracking in german?

workingclass artist on January 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Renewable energy does not exist. It’s a liberal pipe dream.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

How to say Fracking in german?

workingclass artist on January 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Phrackingpfneugen?

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

How to say Fracking in german?

workingclass artist on January 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Der fracking

Mark1971 on January 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

You know.. anything could happen. 20 million people take to the streets in Egypt ousting a Marxist. Then you hear the EU is going to start Fracking. Maybe the winds are changing.

The Bible says where sin abounds, grace does much more abound and there’s certainly no lack of sin in the world today.
Just maybe, the winds are starting to change.

JellyToast on January 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I have this plan to cash in on the green energy fad make a worthwhile contribution to help save the planet. I want to build a really big one of these and hook it up to a generator. I’ll only need a few hundred million dollars to get it off the ground. Where do I sign up for my grant money and what countries don’t have extradition treaties with the US?

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

When the Brits start raking in the gold on fracking, you can bet the rest of Europe will follow.

It’s called “economic survival”.

GarandFan on January 20, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Look out below!

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 20, 2014 at 7:43 PM

American military withdrawal has continued apace in Germany to scant levels (why would our local media be interested in reporting any of that?)

Our presence has been an economic boon hammock safety net and it is all but withdrawn. No problem. Our political class sees no problem with stealthily slicing the achilles heel of our allies Eurasia.

Who can blame them for a little twinkle of economic self-interest?

RushBaby on January 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Who ever said opposing oil development doesn’t pay? Environmentalists have been caught wiring money to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Canada to oppose drilling for oil sands.

The Toronto Sun reports that the Tides Foundation paid $55,000 Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam to oppose the development of oil sands in Canada. The San Francisco-based Tides Foundation is a grant-giving organization that provides “fiscal sponsorship for over 230 groups across the country” operates and supports environmental groups and grants “millions each year to charitable organizations across the globe.”

According to journalist Ezra Levant, this is a huge problem because Chief Adam is an elected official of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, meaning that Tides gave money to a public official for opposing oil sands development. [Emphasis added]

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/20/environmentalists-paid-canadian-indian-chief-to-oppose-oil-drilling/#ixzz2qzVZgnQB

davidk on January 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process. …

Shorter;

EU Green Energy Plan Has Mid-Air Collision With Reality;

Germany First To Bail Out.

Incidentally, two years ago the Greens and the German press were raking Angela Merkel over the coals (pun intended) for not speeding up the decommissioning of the country’s coal and oil-fired power plants to match the rate of nuclear plant closures established by her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder.

Today, the German people are likely to give her another term in office because as they see it, thanks to her they’re not freezing to death.

Of course, the Greens want to cut out her liver precisely because people in Germany aren’t freezing to death.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Bottom line is that the NCDC US temperature record is completely broken, and meaningless. Adjustments that used to go flat after 1990, now go up exponentially. Adjustments which are documented as positive, are implemented as negative.

http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/just-hit-the-noaa-motherlode/

davidk on January 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Re: that thread title. “Dropped a Deuce” would be more appropriate, and more descriptive!

Tom Servo on January 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Germans discover that powering a country on windmills and unicorn farts is tough to do.

petefrt on January 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Guessing in this case “dropped” means “unveiled”. I was confused at first too. Bad Erika! Go stand in the corner!

Andy in Colorado on January 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM