While County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper touts the wonders of wind turbines in Lake Erie, $50 million taxpayer dollars are shoveled into LEEDCo pockets and First Energy plans to install smart meters to monitor and control your electricity consumption, Germany, which has been on a green energy spending binge for years is sharply cutting back on incentives to wind and solar power. It turns out the cost of electricity in Germany is skyrocketing and the power delivered comes and goes with the wind. Imagine that!
The average German pays 39 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity due to intense fiscal support for green energy. The average American only spends 10.4 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Germany’s wind and solar power systems have provided too much power at unpredictable times, which damaged the power grid and made the system vulnerable to blackouts. Grid operators paid companies $548 million to shutter turbines to fix the problem
The unpredictability of wind and solar power is a fact that’s completely predictable as are the politicians who will ignore the obvious to make themselves appear to be smarter and greener than you or me. As the EPA shuts down coal plants in the US, Germany is building more to back up the wind power and stabilize the grid. You can’t make this stuff up.
Green energy’s failure to meet reliability and cost goals were the primary reasons for declining investment. Europe has poured $1.2 trillion into the green energy industry to fight global warming, but its CO2 emissions and power bills just keep rising.
It’s a good thing nothing like that could happen over here …