Prop 23 Update – Heads Up California We Are Next

Russ Steele

The Climate Policy Network has some heads up posts this morning for California business.  They could end up in the same shape as Germany if we continue down the alternative energy road being promoted by Governor Brown and his CARB lackeys. Note that companies are moving out of Germany for countries with more reliable lower cost power. California Companies will also be forced to move as renewable energy becomes more unreliable.

Solar Stocks Plunge Worldwide As Germany Vows To Phase Out Subsidies

Solar stocks plunged around the world after Germany, the largest market for panels, said it will make quicker cuts to subsidized rates and phase out support for the industry by 2017. —Bloomberg, 20 January 2012The costs of subsidizing solar electricity have exceeded the 100-billion-euro mark in Germany, but poor results are jeopardizing the country’s transition to renewable energy. The government is struggling to come up with a new concept to promote the inefficient technology in the future. –Alexander Neubacher, Spiegel Online, 18 January 2012

Germany’s exit from nuclear power could cost the country as much as 1.7 trillion euros ($2.15 trillion) by 2030, or two thirds of the country’s GDP in 2011, according to Siemens, which built all of Germany’s 17 nuclear plants. The estimate of 1.7 trillion euros assumes strong expansion of renewables, with feed-in tariffs as the biggest chunk of costs. -–Christoph Steitz, Reuters, 17 January 2012

One fifth of every German industrial company has moved activities to foreign countries, or plans to do so, because of the uncertain energy and raw material supply. This is the result of a survey conducted by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), in which 1520 companies participated. DIHK-President Hans Heinrich Driftmann finds this alarming: He fears that Germany is losing its appeal for foreign investors in the wake of it’s energy supply transformation.–Dieter Keller, Südwest Presse, 18 January 2012

Germany’s green politicians here were too dim-witted to foresee the obvious consequences. The German electricity market is on the verge of collapse. The scale of the EEG Renewable Energy Feed-in Act is of unprecedented stupidity, a folly that will certainly go down in German history textbooks. The backpedaling away from solar subsidies in Germany is now happening so fast that it’s making people’s heads spin. Call it the reverse energy supply transition – one from fantasy back to reality. –P. Gosslin, NoTricksZone, 19 January 2012

The European Commission could prevent new nuclear plants being built in the UK if it upholds a complaint over alleged unfair subsidies submitted to Brussels by a pro-renewables campaign group. —Business Green, 20 January 201


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to Prop 23 Update – Heads Up California We Are Next

  1. sean2829 says:

    Your post made we wonder what the price of electricity was in Germany vs. the US. I realize there are all sorts of rates and that pricing can vary location, quantity used, type of plan, etc. but Wikipedia had an article that said the cost in the USA in 2011 was ~$0.11 per KW hr while the cost in Germany in 2009 was ~$0.30 per KW hr. I am amazed German power is so expensive.

  2. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Reality – those damn chickens keep coming back to roost and those damn cows and their Bullshit

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