On Tuesday, the government passed a package of laws for the further expansion of green electricity with the goal: by 2030, 80 percent of the electricity in Germany should be covered by renewable energies. The Federal Cabinet also approved the draft of the reformed Energy Security Act, which, among other things, should enable the rescue of ailing suppliers in the gas crisis. For consumers, this should mean that prices will continue to rise – even more than they already are.
That green power package is intended to ensure climate-neutral energy supply in Germany, on the one hand to achieve the climate goals and on the other hand to reduce dependence on Russian gas. While in the first half of 2022 49 percent of the electricity demand should have been covered by wind, water and solar power, by 2030 it should be 80 percent.
The new law provides for an increase in the expansion targets for solar and wind energy. Approval procedures for the installation of renewable energy sources are to be simplified and accelerated, and each country is to make 2 percent of its land available for wind energy in the future. Hydropower is also to be expanded further. “With the present reform we are creating the best EEG that Germany has ever had,” claims the FDP energy expert Michael Kruse.
Energy expert Manfred Haferburg, in turn, published an article on the projects described as early as July 4th Achgut.com subjected to a reality check:
So what would have to be built every working day for the next eight years from now on in order to achieve the goals announced by the government?
Wind Onshore: 294 wind turbines per month = 10 new onshore wind turbines per day (for comparison: in 2020, 35 onshore turbines were added each month).
Wind Offshore: 15 investments per month = every 2 days a new offshore wind turbine (For comparison: in the first half of 2021 there was no construction of offshore plants)
PV: 16,670 investments per month = 556 new PV systems per day
And even if the raw materials copper, nickel and molybdenum for these expansion goals were imported from another planet and the necessary skilled workers flocked to Germany in droves, it often wouldn’t help: there are currently 36,000 wind turbines that produce zero MW when there is a lull. Even if there were 360,000, they would also only produce zero MW during lulls.
Haferburg is certain: There is no way around nuclear power. Meanwhile, the green policies of “Economics Minister” Habeck and his ilk are actively damaging both the beloved wind power and solar industries. Read about this:
It is not for nothing that the saying “stupidity has a colour” keeps coming up for critical observers.
Further price increases for consumers
Back to the new legislative package: The Energy Security Act has now been adjusted in such a way that that energy suppliers can pass on sharp price jumps on the gas market to their customers via a pay-as-you-go system. This is intended to protect affected companies from possible bankruptcy – such as the large energy supplier Uniper, which has so far not been able to pass on its additional costs for gas purchases to its customers and has asked for generous state aid.
This step was also taken in view of the fact that the tense situation on the gas market could deteriorate further. Because gas deliveries via the North Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1 were initially severely throttled a few weeks ago by the Russian Gazprom – due to technical problems and a lack of spare parts due to the western sanctions of the West against Russia. With the start of the annual maintenance work on the pipeline on July 11, no gas will flow at all for 10 days. However, there are fearsthat the delivery stop could be permanently extended (although the previous cutbacks were caused by the sanctions themselves and not by Russia).
Furthermore, the government with this law now the authorityto specify lower room temperatures to save energy.
Goodbye, energy security
The traffic light government’s new legislative package raises many questions. Citizens need energy security and affordable energy prices, neither of which is currently the case and politicians are not even beginning to propose solutions to these problems. On the contrary, the apportionment procedure in the Energy Security Act can drive consumer prices to even more dizzying heights. Who can pay for that in the long run?
Can renewable energies, whose production depends on the weather, guarantee energy security in an industrialized country like Germany? Would you like to legislate that wind and sun must be available around the clock? What about energy storage? We remember that our extremely capable Foreign Minister had the following to say about this a long time ago:
On days like these, when it’s gray, we naturally have a lot less renewable energy. That’s why we have storage. Therefore, the network acts as a storage. And that’s all calculated.
Interestingly enough, she was and is the reality several steps ahead. In any case, the government’s one-sided focus on renewable energies is likely to lead Germany into a literally bleak future.