Publication: The New American
Date published:
Language: English
PMID: 51311
ISSN: 08856540
Journal code: NEAM

Germany's power grid is in trouble, and government regulators are warning something must be done before the onset of winter's usua! skyrocketing energy demands. They say ihe current grid is unable to support the forced transition from nuclear to government-mandated "renewable" energies and must be expanded quickly to avoid blackouts.

"The situation of the power grid in the Winter 201 1/12 was very tense,"' recounted a May 7 press release announcing publication of the annual report from the Federal Network Agency (FNA), Germany's energy regulating bureau. But the tension didn't surprise regulators.

Last August they recommended precautionary measures in lighl of the nuclear power station shutdowns forced by Germany's nuclear energy exit bill. The legislation, passed in July in a kneejerk reaction to Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, wiped oui 40 percent of German nuclear capacity. This, along with the unpredictability of wind and solar power and February's unexpected gas supply shortage, forced the country to lean heavily on emergency reserves and imports from Austria.

''Reserve capacity in Germany and Austria was strained on multiple occasions." reads the FNA annual report. The agency recommends about LOOO megawatts of reserve power to be on standby this coming winter. It also promises to implement "regulatory measures" to "ban the shutdown of conventional power plants" in an effort to meet demand.

Agency head Jochen Homann fears a repeat of last season's power interruptions since new renewable power facilities will not be able to deliver next winter based on the existing infrastructure. He told reportersamere 100 kiiometers of new transmission lines are now operating, though 1.834 kilometers are needed, Reuters reported May 4. More nuciear power plants will be phased-out in coming months, and FNA estimates it will take two years for new plants to meet the 12 gigawatis (GW) of scheduled closures. Based on projected demand, the agency estimates an additional 15-16 G W of capacity should also be built. blogger R Gosselin credits this transformation of "Germany's once impeccably stable world-class power grid" with its "reckless and uncontrolled rush to renewable energies, wind and sun. all spurted on by a blind environmental movement and hysteria with respect to nuclear power."

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