Good news! (don’t sell?)

Am 7. Mai 2019 wandte sich eine ameri­ka­ni­sche Journa­listin des Portals “Bloom­berg” an VERNUNFTKRAFT:

Hello, I am a journa­list with Bloom­berg Environ­ment. I am working on an article about the decline in new wind turbine projects in Germany in the first quarter of the year:

I am planning to mention Vernunftkraft’s opposi­tion to the wind projects and wanted to see if you would like to provide a comment for the article?

C… D…

Bloom­berg BNA Germany Corre­spon­dent

Selbst­ver­ständ­lich waren wir sehr gerne bereit, unsere Einschät­zung kundzutun! Nach einigen Mails war klar, in welcher Länge und in welchem Format dies gewünscht würde. Dem Wunsch kamen wir mit diesem Kommentar nach: 


Here’s our comment. In case you need to shorten, the section in brackets could be omitted. If you have space I could provide a graph to support the arguments.

Our opinion is very clear: If the proli­fe­ra­tion of new turbines finally came to a halt, this would be a blessing in three respects – for nature, for humans, and the economy!

Already, with installed capacity around 52 Gigawatt (some 30,000 turbines), the produc­tion data clearly show that benefits of wind power are heavily oversold, while the damage becomes ever more manifested. Physics are merci­less: When there’s no wind, there’s no wind power – no matter how many turbines are added. To make up for the weather-depen­dence, an equally-sized back-up capacity needs to be maintained and financed. When there is lots of wind, the turbines generate excess power, which has to be disposed of to keep the grid stable. Current data conti­nues to support the long-held theory: fluctua­tions do not balance out but rather add up.

Already, they are far overta­xing the electri­city grid. On Easter Monday, for example, we dumped abroad electri­city with a subsidy value of €115 million against a disposal fee of €17 million. The total economic loss of €132 million on that day alone does not yet include the losses of conven­tional power plant opera­tors, who have to feed in their electri­city at negative prices to prevent a grid collapse. As a conse­quence of these follies, electri­city prices have been skyro­cke­ting, while landscapes and natural reserves have been sacri­ficed at unfore­seen scale and speed to create room for the wind industry to flourish.

[Concepts such as power-to-gas do not reduce but exacer­bate the problem. If one really wanted to bridge the dark lulls (i.e. times of neither wind nor sun) with power plants fired with methane gas, the produc­tion capaci­ties to cover the physi­cally insur­moun­table storage losses would have to be doubled, requi­ring 200,000 wind turbines for Germany alone for a reliable electri­city supply. This balance does not even include the electri­city consump­tion of electri­fied trans­port. You can mix wind power, biomass, and solar energy as you like, the consump­tion of land and resources is verti­gi­nous when you consider that in our densely populated country only about 12% of the land outside a 1000m zone around the villages is avail­able. Every spot of nature will have to be sacri­ficed. All human habitats will turn into indus­trial zones. The country will become next to inhabi­table.]

No wonder, the Wall Street Journal labelled Germany’s the world’s dumbest energy policy. To the extent that this craze comes to a halt, Vernunft­kraft – the confe­de­ra­tion of more than 900 local resis­tance groups – will happily breathe a sigh of relief.


Leider hat die Journa­listin keine Möglich­keit gefunden, unsere erbetene Einschät­zung irgendwo einfließen zu lassen. Auch für eine kurze Antwort auf unsere Frage, ob und wo mit einer (auszugs­weisen) Veröf­fent­li­chung gerechnet werden dürfe, fehlte ihr leider die Zeit. Umso wichtiger, dass wir alle immer wieder unsere Meinung und unser Wissen kundtun – auf dass es nicht länger “übersehen” werden kann.

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