Replacing nuclear with combustible fuels- or, the story Germany isn't telling

Germany got rid of a good portion of its nuclear power, it is setting records for renewable energy production, it still has exports and its carbon emissions are (supposedly) down.  Or so the story goes in the mass media.

But the numbers tell it all.  In the International Energy Agency's latest report in Feb 2012 on worldwide electricity use, it is shown that Germany's domestic production is slightly down (-0.2%) compared to the same period in 2011, imports are up by 7.7% and exports are down 0.9%.  Below is a chart comparing the electricity production between pre-Fukushima Germany and the same period a year later.


Nuclear power production is down 32.5%- about a third of their production has been shut down.  What is making up for this lost production?  Over 80 percent of the lost nuclear has been replaced by burning fossil fuels, not with renewable energy as described.

 

What of the exports that Germany still has?  Why import and export?  When a country has a significant portion of intermittant power like wind and solar, when overproduction happens, the country is forced to export this useless energy, often at a loss.  This has produced disastrous effects in Denmark.

Remember, when you hear about renewable energy records: 
1) the relative small percentage of useful renewable energy so that small total increases mean deceptively large percentage numbers, and 
2) the difference between "installed capacity" for energy production and actual, useful energy production.


5 comments

  1. Voerde Aluminium announced its insolvency on 8 May due to lowering prices for aluminium combined with rising production costs. This was "an indicator of the gradual process of de-industrialization," said Ulrich Grillo, president of Germany's trade body for the metal industry, WirtschaftsVereinigung Metalle (WVM).

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP_Power_shift_begins_to_move_German_industry_1805122.html

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  2. Could you please link to the IEA reports used to make the calculations? Thank you.

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    1. Absolutely. www.iea.org/stats/surveys/mes.xls

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  3. Virtually all windmill and solarpanel producers in Germany went bankrupt in Germany 20B euro of share value 5 years ago is worth 300M now. Reason: the state cannot supply the subsidies any-more because of the huge cost. So feed- in tariffs were lowered. Wind and solarprojects are canselled now. Big problems with net stability. ( Desertec)
    http://www.eike-klima-energie.eu/news-cache/neue-dena-studie-bestaetigt-erneuerbare-werden-einfach-nicht-marktfaehig/
    Germany is on the brink of loosing Industry
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/instability-in-power-grid-comes-at-high-cost-for-german-industry-a-850419.html
    German workers get poorer by the day because of the high powerbills. Hidden inflation eats away income and former wealth. Traveling is luxery now.

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  4. Kyoto is dead to Europe. No way EUs superpower, Germany, can do anything about their very rapidly raising pollution. And once Germany starts producing cheap brown coal power all the big nations in EU will know that they are free to brake the deal too without looking bad. Either that or very high electricity prices that will drive out 20% of the industry. Both are terrible things.

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