Prop 23 Update: Germany’s €300 Billion Green Energy Disaster

Russ Steele

California is focusing on solar and wind as alternative energy resources, with a mandate to use 33% renewable energy resources by 2020, just 8 years away. Depending on solar is proving to be a costly mistake in Germany.

Photovoltaics are threatening to become the costliest mistake in the history of German energy policy. A new study by Georg Erdmann, professor of energy systems at Berlin’s Technical University, reveals that subsidies for renewable energy, including an expansion of the power grid, will saddle energy consumers with costs well over €300 billion ($377 billion). The study is all the more interesting because Erdmann himself is a member of a panel of experts the German government appointed a few months ago to monitor Germany’s transition to renewable energy. –Alexander Neubacher and Catalina Schröder, Spiegel Online, 5 July 2012 

If it was a mistake for Germany, why is a good choice for California?  State jobs are declining with a historic drop in June, the state losing over 8,000 jobs in one month, higher than any state in the nation.  As the cost of doing business in the state continues to rise, business are fleeing the state taking jobs with them. The rising price of energy is one of the main contributors to the cost of doing business in California. As Germany found out, solar is a costly mistake.  When will California’s leaders discover that alternative energy is a mistake?


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.

One Response to Prop 23 Update: Germany’s €300 Billion Green Energy Disaster

  1. gjrebane says:

    Simple, if you don’t recognize an approaching calamity, it isn’t coming. And history shows that little trick is even easier to pull off if you’re a progressive.

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