In each of the first 8 months of 2014, coal generators in Germany were unable to match or surpass the output of the respective month in the previous year.
Germany expected to increase share of wind power from 15% fewer turbines, with overall power consumption remaining basically unchanged. What would that look like?
In terms of grid reliability, the only nations that rival Germany are Japan (another “green” leader) and Singapore.
Brattle Group says Germany has been remarkably successful, given the goal – shared by great majority of population – of ‘de-fossilising’ its electricity sector.
Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources, but produces nine times less electricity from renewables. That’s because Japan’s government allows utility monopolies to protect their profits by blocking competitors.