2016-07-19. How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course.

posted Jul 21, 2016, 2:33 PM by Alan Gould
By Eduardo Porter, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: ...Germany, Europe’s champion for renewable energy, ...eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on additional renewable capacity. Germany may also drop a timetable to end coal-fired generation, which still accounts for over 40 percent of its electricity, according to a report leaked from the country’s environment ministry. Instead, the government will pay billions to keep coal generators in reserve, to provide emergency power at times when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine. ...Renewable sources are producing temporary power gluts from Australia to California, driving out other energy sources that are still necessary to maintain a stable supply of power. In Southern Australia, where wind supplies more than a quarter of the region’s power, the spiking prices of electricity when the wind wasn’t blowing full-bore pushed the state government to ask the power company Engie to switch back on a gas-fired plant that had been shut down. But in what may be the most worrisome development in the combat against climate change, renewables are helping to push nuclear power, the main source of zero-carbon electricity in the United States, into bankruptcy. ...The economics of nuclear energy are mostly to blame. It just cannot compete with cheap natural gas.  ...Displacing nuclear energy clearly makes the battle against climate change more difficult....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/business/energy-environment/how-renewable-energy-is-blowing-climate-change-efforts-off-course.html 0