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Clean energy can be cheap, minister says

The Local · 13 Apr 2011, 09:56

Published: 13 Apr 2011 09:56 GMT+02:00

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Daily Passauer Neue Presse reported Wednesday that Röttgen had told a gathering of conservative MPs that the price per kilowatt-hour would rise only by about 0.1 to 0.9 cents over the next decade under the government’s plan.

The paper reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel had told the same meeting that a break with the past was needed and an accelerated exit from nuclear power was essential.

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) has calculated that a faster change-over would cost the energy industry up to €200 billion. But the price of electricity for consumers and industry would “rise only slightly, because there are as many price rises as price-lowering effects,” DIW energy expert Claudia Kemfert told daily Rheinische Post.

While the cost of capital investment would push up prices, “imports would have a price-lowering effect because electricity from other countries is cheaper. Also the growth in competition could put downward pressure on the price,” Kemfert said.

The boss of the German Energy Agency (Dena), Stephan Kohler, called for the construction of 15 to 20 new gas and coal-powered energy plants by 2020. This was necessary “to compensate for the shortfall in atomic energy and the old coal plants which indeed should be taken off the grid on environmental grounds,” he told the Rheinische Post.

Kohler said politicians needed to quickly decide “by whom, where and when the necessary power plants and the grid capacity for renewable energy is going to be managed.”

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“If we sort this all out in the coming decade, a exit from nuclear power once and for all is realistic between 2020 and 2023.”

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11:02 April 13, 2011 by lwexcel
Maybe Germany can begin to look at changing the laws with regards to biomass produced from short rotation coppices. That would be a great start to this whole process.
11:12 April 13, 2011 by The-ex-pat
"Electricity prices will rise only slightly under the government¦#39;s plan to hasten the shift to renewable energy, Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen"

What planet is this guy on. Maybe his idea of slightly is offset is covered by his inflated politician wage. The rest of use mere mortals will have to carry the full cost.
11:14 April 13, 2011 by auniquecorn
Electricity prices will rise only (slightly)


The word of the year, slightly

To Germany, perhaps there's a (slightly) cheaper way?
19:17 April 13, 2011 by anaverageguy
If you decrease the supply and the demand remains constant the price goes up. It's physics or something. Germany is about to see it's status as a manufacturing and exporting powerhouse greatly eroded. Tschuss Germany. Come back again when you regain your sanity.

Oh, and biomass. Why yes by ALL means. Unworkable pie in the sky. Are Germans willing to trade food for fuel? I imagine not. And doesn't soil need crop residue to stay healthy?

German electricity rates, carbon emissions, and dependence on foreign governments for power are going up soon. It'll be buying nuclear electricity (which they will be only too happy to sell) from France and making up the difference with natural gas from Russia which they will also be only too happy to sell........ as long as they have all THEY need, and and there isn't any critical language coming from Berlin directed toward the East.
22:52 April 13, 2011 by cobalisk
All the chicken littles come home to roost on these energy stories and spread so much misinformation in the comments section.

From 1995 to 2005 Germany tripled its supply of 'green power' from 5% to more than 15% of national capacity. As of now, the power from green sources is on par with nuclear so the idea that a phase out is not possible is simply wrong. The data does not support all this doomsaying, so sorry. Nuclear power can be phased out in 10 years and supplanted with renewables as the government is now advocating.

The information is out there, freely available, if you bother to look.

I applaud the Government, they woke up and realized they made a mistake. Now they are trying to correct it, for the betterment of the nation.
00:20 April 14, 2011 by Raydoggy
here's the reality. Renewable energy, especially solar, when the new technology comes through, will be so cheap to produce, that we could all have as much energy as we want for almost free, but, the powers that be will be creating a system where they will control the use of these technologies and will tax what is free to the hilt. Just like tehy are doing now with the clean air tax, the clean water tax, the clean environment tax. What the frick do you thinkall this globalwarming/clmatechange is all about, that's right, you got it, TAXES, more and more TAXES, and mpre and more huge companies getting even fatter from the monopolies they are going to create with very little cost to them, but boy, will we pay through the nose for "GREE(D)N" Energy. Wake up!!!
19:53 April 14, 2011 by neunElf
If only von der Leyen or Rosler were Chancellor, being doctors one would hope they would adhere to the first tenet of patient care, first do no harm!

Unlike Angela The Cautious who has suddenly morphed into becoming Angela The Meddlesome, whose stupefyingly ignorant decision vis-a-vis nuclear power threatens to destroy the hard fought economic success we are currently enjoying.

Only a rich and prosperous nation can even entertain some of the idiocy of the Green/Left movement , this is normally counterbalanced by the adults, you know the CDU/FDP,? Hell even the SDP under SChroeder or Schmidt wouldn't risk destroying the economy for this eco fairytale!

I wonder how the polls will look the first time the rolling blackouts begin?
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