Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Real Cost of Wind Power in Germany

Bob Ciminel comments on Germany's decision to abandon nuclear energy in favor of wind power, and what that decision is going to cost ratepayers:

As usual, the customers who will bear the costs of going green are the citizens. Their electricity costs will rise by almost 64 cents a kilowatt-hour. The other downside is the nuclear phase-out will remove 160-billion kilowatt-hours of generating capacity from Germany's energy supplies, of which renewable power sources, at best, will replace only 120-billion kilowatt-hours. Where will the other 40-billion kilowatt-hours come from - why carbon-producing fossil fuels, of course.


Something to think about.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How silly!
The price of electricity produced by nuclear power and fossil fuels is heavily subsidised, i.e. you pay for the costs of nuclear power with your taxes (and of course you don't know some of your taxes go to the nuclear power stations). While wind is not subsidised. I.e. you see the cost of wind in your electricity bills. So you have the impression it's more expensive, while in reality it's not.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4631737.stm