On Sunday monday, approximately 80 percent of German electricity demand was derived from renewable energy (PV and wind energy). The availability of enormous sunlight and wind made it happen.



German getting close to producing 100% of its electricity from renewables


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Palindromedary 4 years 26 weeks ago

Germany was also a leader in pre-WWI in doing all the right things, unlike Britain. Britain's bankers yanked the plug on it's own industries and invested heavily in importing goods from abroad. They saw how they could make a fast Pound by not continuing to invest in their own industrial structure. Lots of Brits went to the poor house.

Germany, however, had laws to keep their bankers from doing that. They kept their investments local and trained their work forces to be very productive. Germany also changed from coal to oil to power their ships. Those ships could go faster and longer without needing to refuel. And even refueling was faster than with coal. German ships were built with better steel and designed to be faster and more maneuverable than Britain's coal burning ships.

The Germans built a Berlin to Baghdad railway system to get more oil faster than by sea. They even offered to let Britain in on it but the stuffy old Brits wouldn't have it. They refused to join Germany in modernizing and making the country stronger by investing in their industrial base and training their work force. Instead, they sent agents into those eastern countries, through which the BB railroad would travel, to provoke them into being troublesome for the Germans. They spread wild rumors about the Germans... psychological warfare. The unrest it caused eventually sparked WWI. And the US had to bail their a$$e$ out. But now, it looks like the US is following in the footsteps of the British Empire.

It is interesting to see the parallels of the US to Britain. I wonder if it will lead to poor houses and WWIII? What better way of getting rid of excess poor people, eh? All ya gotta do is to create the spectre of a terrible enemy that will rape our women and kill our children and put us all into chains for the rest of our lives... maybe even throw in a bunch of beheadings... and people will enlist and be sent over to some country to do to others what they were made to fear would happen to them. And the wealthy get wealthier! Getting rid of the poor is no problem as long as you have managed to use a bit of psychological manipulations on them. Scare the crap out of them by crashing a couple of planes into tall buildings...yeah, that should do the trick!

And if that starts to wear off, and people start to see that it was a false flag operation, then create more boogie men by creating ISIS, or ISIL, or Daesh... all Satan's minions out to rape our women and kill our children and cut the heads off of men! The real enemy has been conducting psychological warfare on all of us for a very long time.

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zapdam 4 years 26 weeks ago

great post , thanks

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telliottmbamsc 4 years 26 weeks ago

Thanks for posting this. Americans need to know.

Instant-RunOff-... 4 years 25 weeks ago

Energy neophytes like pollyhibbs here and Thom, often conclude that these rare peaks in solar & wind are impressive and hype them endlessly. This was 24 GW of solar plus 18 GW of wind at noon on a mild, sunny Sunday with total system demand of a low 55 GW. So (24+18)/55 = 76% of total briefly. That is exactly what you don't want on an electrical grid, peaking generation/load adds considerable costs to grid operation so that often peaking loads are charged at 3-4X normal grid electricity prices.

What you want on the grid is a constant baseload supply matched by a constant demand. Storage of energy peaks is far beyond economical and remains so. When Germany gets these peaks in solar and wind supply and end result they are too short to spin down the big coal power plants so they continue wasting fuel and supply bottlenecks mean cheap, clean baseload nuclear and hydro must be dumped and/or most of the wind and solar must be exported at a huge loss, often Germany must pay her neighbours to accept the worthless electricity peak. And that is only possible when her neighbours don't also have lots of wind & solar which would also likely be peaking. In fact some of Germany's neighbours are putting disconnects on their grid connection to prevent Germany from dumping these unwanted electricity peaks on them.

End result Germany only produced 6.1% of total electricity production by Solar in 2014. in 2013 Germany's electricity generation was 66% NG & Coal, mostly dirty lignite with some chopped down forests mixed in to greenwash the filthy coal, 15% Nuclear, 4.3% Hydro and a whopping 14% combined Geothermal, Solar, Wind, Tidal. i.e. They still produced more from their "long abandoned" Nuclear than their massively subsidized Solar & Wind.

Wind & Solar are really just bait-and-switch scams which are promoted by fossil fuel interests to greenwash their dirty energy and prevent a switch to the only energy source capable of replacing them, namely nuclear energy.

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