Blackout News Friday: Germany, Europe Teeter on The Economic Brink as Energy Crisis Intensifies

From the NoTricksZone

By P Gosselin

The Green New Deal in Europe is quickly turning into a House of Horrors

One excellent site with all the late latest energy crisis developments in Germany and Europe is Blackout News here. Here are some of the more notable headlines of the past week:

Europe’s largest aluminum plant cuts production by 22% due to energy costs


Europe’s largest aluminum smelter, Aluminum Dunkerque Industries France, will cut production by 22% due to rising electricity prices, thus putting the industry’s existence at risk and increasing Europe’s dependency on foreign suppliers.

High energy prices: Municipal utilities running into payment difficulties

Struggling utilities

German municipal utilities, who supply gas and power to their communities, are running into liquidity problems as suppliers of electricity and gas demand large sums as security guarantees before deliveries. Around 200 of the 900 German municipal utilities are affected.

The municipal utilities also “have to reckon with payment defaults by their customers on an unprecedented scale. Consumers have to cope with price increases of over 50% in some cases, which many will not be able to cope with”

Eight to 15% of consumers are expected to not to be able to pay.

It’s a serious danger signal because if they get into trouble, an economic crisis is usually not far away.

Exploding energy costs: economists sound the alarm

Hostile business environment in Germany

The German economy is reeling from exploding energy costs as insolvencies escalate and even once robust companies collapse. A number of industrial companies have imposed production stops or drastically reduced production – because of the skyrocketing energy costs. BDI industry association president Siegfried Russwurm warns that the spiraling  energy prices are driving companies away.

In the latest BDI survey, 90% of all companies are severely challenged by the sharp rise in energy and raw material prices. In February 2022, the figure was just 23%.

France plans rolling blackouts this coming winter

Extreme power shortages in France

France normally generates a good 70 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants but its power supply is massively at risk as 24 of the 56 reactors are off the grid due to repairs and maintenance.  The country is now planning rolling blackouts should there be corresponding supply problems.

French utility RTE reports “it is clear that the country will not be able to produce enough electricity during the winter months unless consumers drastically reduce their power consumption.” As a result, the utility expects there may be rolling blackouts during the winter.


If this keeps up, Europe might quickly turn into a continent of starving and freezing beggars. Watch for Europe to be looking at a new Enabling Act.

Willkommen and bienvenue! Welcome to the Green New Deal!

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September 16, 2022 10:20 am

Man made economic and human disaster caused by fake claims of man made climate disaster. Not very shiny.

Reply to  Olen
September 16, 2022 10:31 am

And by the terrible foreign policy of sacrificing the people of Europe and destroying the entire economy for the criminal oligarchs of the Ukraine.

Reply to  tgasloli
September 16, 2022 10:43 am

Don’t forget 10% for the big guy. A whole lot of money laundering takes place through the Ukraine.

Reply to  Scissor
September 17, 2022 3:07 am

some quotes of weapons actually arriving are as low as 30% sites show weaponry being auctioned off almost immediately
and thats not even counting the cash flow being channelled away.
nice of bidet to help the blackmarket and crims
but then he does it at home too i guess

Reply to  ozspeaksup
September 18, 2022 5:49 pm

I am just wondering why is Putin not buying the weapons on the black market, then?
Hrs a washed in cash and could outbid the Ukraine and any other interested party.
They can make a nice deal in St Juan Costa Rica….

Something is not right here

KcTaza I
Reply to  Janus100
September 19, 2022 1:40 pm

Janus, how do you know Putin is not buying the weapons? It’s not like Black Markets keep records, after all.
The thing is, we don’t know who is buying the weapons. It could be anyone and it’s a whole lot of weapons. I suspect there are some really bad actors purchasing these. not Putin qualifies as a bad actor but does he need them? Who knows?

Senator Paul wanted Biden to put in a method to trace these weapons. Biden didn’t and laughed when asked about Senator Paul’s idea. The Senator, of course, was correct.
The Big Guy may well be getting his 10% cut from the sale of these on Ukraine’s black market, though, since he’s now President, not VP and is much more powerful now, maybe his cut has increased?

KcTaza I
Reply to  ozspeaksup
September 19, 2022 1:34 pm

The 30% came from this. Link below. I assume it must be true since someone, no doubt in the Biden adm. “persuaded” CBS to not run their documentary on this.

CBS News Censors Own Film Exposing How Only 30% of U.S. Weapons Aid for Ukraine Makes it to Front Lines

Reply to  tgasloli
September 16, 2022 2:18 pm

This from a Putin supporter?

KcTaza I
Reply to  Gene
September 19, 2022 1:40 pm

No, CBS.

CBS News Censors Own Film Exposing How Only 30% of U.S. Weapons Aid for Ukraine Makes it to Front Lines

Reply to  tgasloli
September 16, 2022 3:17 pm

Funny how the supporters of the criminal oligarch in Moscow are so excised over the minor oligarchs in the Ukraine.

Reply to  MarkW
September 16, 2022 6:46 pm

We haven’t sent Putin over $80 Billion to support his war nor does Putin provide ‘jobs’ for politically connected children one of whose parent (the “Big Guy”) gets 10% of the corrupt takings.

Richard Page
Reply to  rho
September 17, 2022 6:22 am

Russia looks set to increase revenues from oil and gas sales despite sanctions and reduced flow to the West. So, yes, we are and have been sending billions to support Putin’s war; Hunter Biden has, singlehandedly(?), been responsible for sending thousands of dollars to Russia via his ‘escorts’.

climate believer
Reply to  Richard Page
September 17, 2022 12:30 pm

Yes, those increased revenues are coming straight out of the pockets of citizen Joe.

Our incompetent dear leaders now have us paying Putin, brilliant.

$500 million a day folks… $500…million…A…DAY

Richard Page
Reply to  climate believer
September 17, 2022 1:28 pm

Our incompetent leaders (especially in europe) have put us in a bit of a bind – support Putin’s war or freeze in the dark; what a choice! Hopefully (he says with crossed fingers) Truss may have found a third way in the UK which might, just might, get us out of that bind and give us a little breathing room but we’ll have to see.

KcTaza I
Reply to  Richard Page
September 19, 2022 1:50 pm

Hunter’s money trail is a two way street, Richard. He gets way more than he gives to Russia and it’s way more than thousands. It millions upon millions over the years.
This is just one of many that the know about for certain.

Hunter Biden Burisma payments detailed in Treasury Department reports – Washington Times

…A Senate Republican report by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says Mr. Trump is right, though it was not Moscow’s mayor, but his wife, whom the U.S. suspects of corruption in attaining billionaire status.
Hunter Biden received a single wire transfer of $3.5 million from Elena Baturina. The Senate report said she became a billionaire through illegal construction contracts awarded by her husband, since deceased.
This is based on Treasury Department reports received by committee Chairman Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican.
The Senate narrative is not specific, but the types of transaction records match the description of confidential suspicious activity reports that the Treasury issues when it suspects illegal activity.
The Senate report says, “On Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina wired $3.5 million to a Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC (Rosemont Seneca Thornton) bank account for a ‘Consultancy Agreement.’ Rosemont Seneca Thornton is an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden that was incorporated on May 28, 2013 in Wilmington, Del.”
Russia invaded Crimea in Ukraine the month Ms. Baturina sent the money.

Reply to  MarkW
September 17, 2022 3:09 am

whaddaya call YOUR own oligarchs ?
bezos zuckie and the rest
oh yeah businessmen or politicians
silly me

KcTaza I
Reply to  MarkW
September 19, 2022 1:43 pm

Minor oligarchs? Hardly. They are quite major. Folks who can steal 85% of a nation’s GDP are not minor players.

Ukraine – a modern tragedy in seven acts

Act One: A Benighted Country
Following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine becomes an independent state. However, corruption is rife. As late as 2008, the combined wealth of Ukraine’s 50 richest oligarchs was equal to 85 per cent of Ukraine’s GDP, and despite the country’s mineral and agricultural wealth the standard of living for most Ukrainians is very low…

Reply to  tgasloli
September 17, 2022 12:25 am

Do you think Putin’s invasion of Ukraine helps the oligarchs of Ukraine?

It seems to me that Ukrainian oligarchs have less influence than before, but I could be wrong.

Reply to  Redge
September 17, 2022 3:09 am

-elenskys doing rather well with o seas mansions etc

Reply to  ozspeaksup
September 17, 2022 3:41 am

He’s far from being a billionaire. The last I took any noticed he was worth around $20m mostly from his TV production company.

Unless you have hard evidence not insinuation from fake magazine covers?

Richard Page
Reply to  Redge
September 17, 2022 7:50 am

Zelensky has offshore accounts with the Costa Rican branch of the Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika, with money sourced from Rinat Akhmetov via First Union Bank, Viktor Pinchuk via Deutsche Bank and Igor Kolomoisky via Banque Nationale de Paris in Geneva. These accounts, their deposits and outgoings have been well documented, including $34 million for a Miami mansion and jewellery worth thousands of dollars. It’s interesting that both Andrii Yermak, head of the Zelensky administration and Arseniy Yatsenyuk also have large accounts in the same branch, Yermak having over $56 million there. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the Belorusian democratic movement had over $5 million in the same branch until December 2021 when she moved it to London. Much of this information was uncovered in the Pandora papers although investigative journalists have uncovered more since then.

Reply to  Richard Page
September 17, 2022 8:01 am

Fair enough, I did not know that

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Richard Page
September 17, 2022 11:51 am

jewellery worth thousands of dollars” (sic)

The Russian bots are very busy today.

Richard Page
Reply to  Robert Hanson
September 17, 2022 1:40 pm

The ‘Russian bots’ would have you believe it was around $1.2 million, with his account worth over $1.6 billion, which is quite the exaggeration. The more realistic figure for the several sets of jewellery bought through his account is about $800,000 and the account total about $850 million, which is the figure also quoted by the Dutch government during their investigation into the Pandora papers. Would you rather I emulated the Biden sock-puppets and gave Zelensky a Democrat whitewash or try to dig through the mire for as near to the truth as we can get?

KcTaza I
Reply to  Richard Page
September 19, 2022 1:56 pm

Oh, I thought it was in the Panama Papers. Thanks. I got confused. No wonder I couldn’t find my link. Sheesh!
Here it is. Odd how the media are silent about this.

Zelensky A CROOK?
Pandora Papers Reveal Offshore Holdings of Ukrainian President and his Inner Circle

KcTaza I
Reply to  Redge
September 19, 2022 1:53 pm

Remember the Panama Papers? From those we learn Zelensky has made millions from corruption.
Sorry, I can’t find my link to the article.

Richard Page
Reply to  Redge
September 17, 2022 7:25 am

Most of the Ukraine oligarch’s are no longer in Ukraine – they appear to have fled the country before the Russians arrived. It’s not that they have less influence, more that they have removed themselves from the situation.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Richard Page
September 17, 2022 11:57 am

But not Zelensky, who stayed to lead the defense of Ukraine, while Wagner group assassination teams fruitlessly search for him.

Richard Page
Reply to  Robert Hanson
September 17, 2022 1:46 pm

Honestly, he was safer in Ukraine than elsewhere. Several Ukraine politicians have been killed by Ukraine kill teams after being labelled as ‘Russian agents’ or ‘traitors’ so if the assassination teams (btw – any evidence other than Ukraine propaganda on their existence?) didn’t get him, his own side would.
Look – the whole thing is a mess that never should have happened but it’s going to be years before we really know what happened, if ever.

KcTaza I
Reply to  Robert Hanson
September 19, 2022 2:07 pm

The Wagner Group is Russian.

Ukraine/Zelenski’s group of Neo-Nazi’s is the Azov Regiment/Movement. Pretty sure they probably have an assassination team, too.

The Azov Movement: Let’s talk about Ukraine’s “Nazi problem” – Unpacked

…In 2014, the Azov Regiment, which today functions as an armed wing of the broader Azov Movement, became an official unit of Ukraine’s National Guard. At that point, they had garnered public support as they fought Russia from taking Mariupol, an eastern port city.
Neo-Nazi ties

Azov’s Nazi ties are not subtle. 
Their emblem, which Azov soldiers wear on their uniforms feature a ‘Wolfsangel’ and ‘Black Sun,’ two symbols associated with Nazi Germany and neo-Nazi’s today.
In 2010, the battalion’s first commander and a former Ukrainian parliamentarian, Andriy Biletsky, said he believed Ukraine’s national purpose should be to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade … against Semite-led Untermenschen [subhumans].”
In recent years, the Azov Regiment has downplayed its neo-Nazi affiliations to avoid being defined as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

David A
Reply to  Olen
September 17, 2022 2:35 am


“Under MY POLICY, Energy Prices Will Necessarily SKYROCKET”
Barack Obama.

They never give up, a relentless effort to break things and dictate.

September 16, 2022 10:29 am

Central Planning causes this….not enough people looking after the supply chain to keep it profitable….and the Central Planners always insist that more central planning is the least cost cure….

Matt Kiro
Reply to  DMacKenzie
September 16, 2022 12:49 pm

I am not sure of who planned to do maintenance at 24 of 56 reactors. But that is far too many at the same time. Either they didn’t notice a problem area soon enough, or took too long to start them all. Whatever the reason, trying to do over 40% of them seems outrageous.

Reply to  Matt Kiro
September 16, 2022 2:01 pm

I think I read they found corrosion in pipes. Needs immediate attention.

Reply to  mkelly
September 16, 2022 4:12 pm

The report I read said cracks in the welds of pipes and that the reactors having this problem are those most recently built, utilizing a significant design change from earlier reactors (which are still working fine).

Reply to  AndyHce
September 17, 2022 4:50 am

Maybe they used Chinese pipes 🤔

Reply to  AndyHce
September 17, 2022 5:27 am

The design change being … more complexity. The older analog plants have far fewer moving parts and pipes, which means far fewer welds. The modern plants have miles and miles of extra complexity weaved into their design, which results in more and more potential points of failure. At some point, engineers forgot that simple is usually the best.

Peter Reay
Reply to  Steve4192
September 18, 2022 10:56 pm

LOL. My completely unprofessional observation over many years: French engineers always go for the trickier, more complex solution to any problem. Of course they occasionally come up with a pretty cool and unique product (e.g.: Citroen DS), generally they end up with a less reliable and higher maintenance product.

Reply to  mkelly
September 17, 2022 3:06 pm

What I read was stress corrosion cracking. Could result in catastrophic failure.

Reply to  Matt Kiro
September 16, 2022 2:07 pm

maintenance could also refer adding fuel which have do every few years- and if that process is slowed down significantly, it increases time doing “maintenance”.
But if that not the case, it seems like far too many. Or one have delays getting nuclear fuel- supply chain problems.

Robin townsend
Reply to  Matt Kiro
September 16, 2022 2:10 pm

French QC at their reactors and related eqpt is legendarily shocking. Falsified reports, the lot. They can trust anything.

Reply to  Matt Kiro
September 16, 2022 4:06 pm

There was a stress corrosion issue found in pipework welds at one reactor during a 10 year scheduled check. They then went looking at other reactors and found the same problem.

This is not unusual. It is not unheard of to ground entire aircraft fleets if there is a fault found in one aircraft. A nuclear reactor failing probably has more serious downside than an aircraft falling from the sky.

The timing is unfortunate for France and possibly Europe. But a reactor failure is likely worse. Europe going dark this coming winter will be a reminder that grid reliability is #1 priority. Allowing unplanned additions of intermittent generators was forecast by a not so vocal minority to increase risk of blackout.

climate believer
Reply to  RickWill
September 17, 2022 12:36 pm

Well said.

Reply to  Matt Kiro
September 17, 2022 3:10 am

they also had to reduce a few due to not enough water for cooling

Reply to  Matt Kiro
September 18, 2022 4:06 pm

Part of this is due to the fact that some 14 reactors were planned to close, decided by Macron’s government and in order to follow greenies policies.

Now that they realise the mistake the government is asking edf why so many nuclear reactors are in maintenance… Indeed who would keep up to date something that is going to close soon… indeed ! 😉

Ben Vorlich
September 16, 2022 10:35 am

In the UK Universities have gone to a four day week

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
September 16, 2022 10:41 am

20% less indoctrination per week!

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
September 16, 2022 11:42 am

One extremely minor and obscure UK former polytechnic has suggested its students work from home on Friday.

John V. Wright
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
September 16, 2022 1:17 pm

How can they tell?

Peta of Newark
September 16, 2022 10:35 am

Oh Ye of Lyttle Feythe, Feare Ye Notte – it’s all under control.

Ou peut etre, c’est tout dans le duvet 😀

Parceque, apres easily 1,000+ annee of being at a la guerre avec each other,
Peace Has Broken Out Between the UK et La France.

La Entente est Maintenant = Cordiale

Read all about it here

What could possibly go wrong.

Richard Page
Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 17, 2022 3:49 am

Scrolling down, I saw a headline that I wouldn’t have expected so long after WW2 – “Germany seizes control of 3 Russian oil refineries.” It seems that Germany has seized the full oil tanks at 3 Rosneft refineries in Germany whilst Olaf Scholz has said: “We are making ourselves independant of Russia.” Now that’s got to be cognitive dissonance right?

September 16, 2022 10:38 am

My oh my ….. all those “conspiracy theories” becoming realized.

September 16, 2022 10:40 am

Well, well, no need to worry, kids. Putin is obviously on his last legs and about to climb down ignominiously – it just took a bit longer for the predicted result from our, oh so clever, Western politicians. Now, upwards and onwards to a wonderful WEF future.

Reply to  IanE
September 17, 2022 3:12 am

you forgot the sarc tag?

Richard Page
Reply to  IanE
September 17, 2022 3:55 am

Yep, any day now, it’ll happen, just like the experts confidently predicted for the last 6 months or so, but this time it’ll really happen. sarc

Wouldn’t be the same sources that ‘predicted’ that with renewables we wouldn’t need hydrocarbons, or that the Arctic would be ice free before now?

September 16, 2022 10:40 am

And yet the narrative still holds – even now.

If only a hurricane would come along to prove the point. Thus far nature isn’t playing ball

Reply to  fretslider
September 17, 2022 3:13 am

the storms rain snow etc hitting some areas is a good indicator of whats coming soon
more popcorn!!

September 16, 2022 10:41 am

Typical manipulation from Gosselin’s TricksZone.

The problems in Europe have NOTHING to do with any Green New Deal.

They all stem from

  • the Russian imperialist war waged by Putin and his henchmen against Ukraine;
  • the fact that gas prices are driven by stock markets generating price increases caused by the expectation of shortages;
  • the fact that electricity prices are directly indexed to gas prices.

France has few in mind with green energy, but… 50 % of its nuclear plants are in maintenance due to major corrosion problems in sensitive reactor areas.

Europe very certainly won’t move back to coal.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 10:49 am

So they call it the Energiewende, same premises, different players, same policies, same results.
Coal will return, or politicians will have the same fate as the former government of Sri Lanka. At best.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 11:33 am

When it was said, “There are none so blind as those that will not see”, they were talking about people like you. Also, “You can’t fix stupid.”

Reply to  Paul Penrose
September 16, 2022 2:57 pm

Simple-minded reply based on nothing else than insults.

Poor guy!

Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 4:59 pm

You provided no evidence for your assertions, turnabout is fair play.

Climate believer
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 11:46 am

Except that, Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands have all announced plans to reactivate coal-fired power plants.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Climate believer
September 16, 2022 12:48 pm

Poland did it years ago.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
September 17, 2022 2:15 am


Richard Page
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
September 17, 2022 4:05 am

If it’s the Belchatow power station you mean then it never actually closed down, although it may have reduced output for a while it’s up to full capacity now. It’s the biggest coal fired power station in the EU and both green zealots and the EU kommissars have been trying to close it for years.

Bryan A
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 12:02 pm

“Europe very certainly won’t move back to Coal”
You may need to Eat those Words…would you require any Salt?

Reply to  Bryan A
September 16, 2022 5:04 pm

I think Grey Poupon for the spreadability.

Bryan A
Reply to  Brad-DXT
September 16, 2022 8:53 pm

What did one pigeon say to the other pigeon?

Pardon Me, but you have a little Grey Poop on you

Tony K
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 12:07 pm

We already started using coal again,talk about something you actually know something about.

R Taylor
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 1:09 pm

Sounds like something from Baghdad Bob. But then again, I suppose it depends on what the meanings are of “Europe”, “very certainly”, “move back” and “coal”.

Reply to  R Taylor
September 16, 2022 5:08 pm

We had a president state: “it depends on what the meaning of is, is”.

Leftists are always trying to redefine words whenever it suits them.

Reply to  Brad-DXT
September 16, 2022 6:50 pm

Trouble is that they are also getting away with it…just look at what they’ve done to the word ‘woman’.

Reply to  rho
September 16, 2022 8:42 pm

I don’t think they are getting away with it but, they aren’t getting laughed at enough in public.

Reply to  rho
September 16, 2022 9:24 pm

Brad-DXT: Depends what “getting away with it” means. If you saw what little children are being taught on the topic of “gender” in government schools, you could say someone is getting away with it. And really, children are the only audience that matters to the cultural animators behind this gaslighting.

Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 1:48 pm

How sweet.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 2:35 pm

Europe very certainly won’t move back to coal.

Asian thermal coal hits new record on soaring European demand.

Reply to  Chris Hanley
September 16, 2022 2:59 pm

Behind paywall: uninteresting.

Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 3:28 pm

Being behind a paywall means it’s not true?
Are you accusing Financial Times of being a propaganda organ?

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 3:47 pm

Denial: ” …refusal to acknowledge an unacceptable truth or emotion or to admit it into consciousness, used as a defence mechanism …” (Oxford).

David A
Reply to  Chris Hanley
September 17, 2022 2:55 am

Bindodon – 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Richard Page
Reply to  David A
September 17, 2022 4:07 am

I’m sorry I think I missed that, any chance you could say it again?

Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 6:01 pm

Won’t pay for articles behind a paywall but gladly pays excessive costs to “Save The Planet”.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Bindidon
September 17, 2022 6:11 am

According to the IEA during the first 6 months of 2022 demand for coal for electricity production in the EU increased by 16% with Germany accounting for the largest additional consumption..Total coal consumption in the EU increased by an estimated 10% in the same period.

Meanwhile worldwide coal consumption in 2021 grew by 5.8% taking it very close to its all time high.

(IEA Coal Market Update – July 2022)

Reply to  Bindidon
September 18, 2022 9:00 am

Here’s one article not paywalled:

I thought Griff was the dumbest troll on WUWT, but Bindidon takes the biscuit.

Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 2:57 pm

” Except that, Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands have all announced plans to reactivate coal-fired power plants. ”

Some still don’t understand the fundamental difference between a decision concerning long-range future and a reaction to missing natural gas supply due to a current war situation.

To become independent of Russian gas is a complex task which cannot be solved in a couple of months.

In Germany, the last three nuclear plants might be reactivated during the next winter as well.

Who believes that this is a German return to nuclear power, is simply dumb.

Believe what you want: Germany has resumed the wind power construction and will continue that way.

Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 3:45 pm

“Germany has resumed the wind power construction and will continue that way.”

So they are intent on continuing their own destruction..

Shows just how DUMB and STUPID the green politicians really are.

Richard Page
Reply to  b.nice
September 17, 2022 4:18 am

Bindidon is lying by ommission. The Germans have recently passed legislation to encourage more windfarms to be built and set aside areas to be developed. What the Germans have NOT done is adressed the problems in the energy sector that made it uneconomical for investors to build new windfarms in the last few years. Many investors actually pulled out of projects in Germany because the prices they were offered for their electricity were far too low – no company will operate at a loss, especially when the government increases operating costs.

Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 4:08 pm

China has 1100 coal fired power plants and is concurrently building another 180 or so with many more just in the planning stage.
Europeans are as dumb as dirt.

Al Miller
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 5:39 pm

…and some still don’t want to understand that you can’t solve modern problems with medieval solutions like wind and solar. It seems to me there is a reason we moved away from these non-dispatchable power sources as soon as alternatives were available and life has become stupendously better for all humanity – even those who choose to sit back and criticize, mostly because people now have the luxury of time due to dispatchable power. Just saying.

Climate believer
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 8:17 pm

It is you that does not understand that Germany has to change it’s long term future energy needs, and that windmills are not going to cut it in an all electric world.

Dream all you like, reality will bite you on the ar$e sooner than you think.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Bindidon
September 16, 2022 8:45 pm

Back to reality: in 2020 only 4% of Germany’s primary energy consumption was from wind and only 2% was from solar and yet they have an energy crisis on their hands.
There is absolutely no possibility that wind and solar can replace fossil fuels — ever.

Mike Macray
Reply to  Chris Hanley
September 17, 2022 4:02 pm

“…no possibility that wind and solar can replace fossil fuels -ever..”

But fossil fuels ARE solar energy just fossilized from long ago..
(bio mass etc. from photosynthesis in anaerobic conditions plus heat and pressure for millions of years makes coal, oił and gas). Surely our Chemical Engineers can figure out a way to shorten the timeline?
After all solar energy generates some 15,000 tons of biomass per second.. yes per second, via photosynthesis. So why not just make fresh fossil fuel from biomass and call it clean, green and renewable.. Eh?

Iain Reid
Reply to  Bindidon
September 17, 2022 12:23 am


much of Europe built large amounts of wind and solar and shut down reliable fossil fuelled plants. The simple fact that renewable generation is extremely variable and is not an adequate replacement for the plants they shut down seems to have missed the politicians who make these decisions.

Similarly they put all their eggs in one fuel basket much of which is supplied by a country, that at best, is not really a friend of the west, while deliberately refusing to exploite domestic sources of that same fuel.
Putin’s war is merely a catalyst for an already bad situation.

Germany’s electrical policy is lunacy and the U.K.’s is not far behind, despite years now of trying to make renewables work and expeiriencing the very real problems renewable scause the grid. Despite that evidence the answer is to build more, just how do you describe such a policy?

In the U.K., with a new prime minister, there are noises to at least water down some of these policies, I really hope that noise translates to real action. The real way forward is to repeal the Climate Change Act and rebuild our electrical generation system with reliable generators, and yes, bring back coal if we can also mine it economically.
I do think that it may take a few more crises for that to happen.

Reply to  Bindidon
September 17, 2022 3:18 am

yeah well clearing more oldgrowth forest will be required to burn to keep people warm i guess
not all that green though?
like elons proposed carplant wiping out huge forests as well?

Reply to  Bindidon
September 18, 2022 9:05 am

Why can’t Germany and the other countries merely build more Solar and Wind to make up for the missing Russian gas?

David A
Reply to  Bindidon
September 17, 2022 2:51 am

Wow, Biden Bindidon BS.

Try number one reason, three plus decades of stupid policy.
“Under my POLICY energy prices will necessarily SKYROCKET” (Barack Obama)

BB, he was trying to implement European type energy POLICY. They should have listened to Trump You should have listened to Trump.

So fix their POLICY, and fix the EU REACTION to Putin’s annexation of part of the Ukraine, instigated by the US and Europe POLICY.

Reply to  Bindidon
September 17, 2022 3:15 am

well scuse me but theyve put coal trains onto public rail and bumped passenger services to get it to coal plants..seems to me thats a move back
if they dont keep power on people may riot and they ARE worried

Reply to  Bindidon
September 17, 2022 4:51 am

Back on the meds dude

Reply to  Bindidon
September 18, 2022 4:53 am

The dumbest of all replies was about the amount of fossile fuel in the total energy consumption which – that is EVIDENT – won’t be reduced by as much as we wish.

We are talking about the primary sources for energy, aren’t we?

Feel free to continue you prebubescent insults and meaningless thoughts.
Doesn’t matter to me at all.

¡Basta ya!

Reply to  Bindidon
September 18, 2022 5:31 am

The humor is China is lining up to burn the Russian FF and so emissions are guaranteed to go up and all the little EU crash test dummies will have done it all for nothing. All they managed to do was speedup the economic collapse and they are already entering recession.

September 16, 2022 10:49 am

Like open eyed blinds running into the desaster

September 16, 2022 10:57 am

As planned. You will own nothing and be happy.

Curious George
September 16, 2022 10:57 am

“24 of the 56 reactors are off the grid due to repairs and maintenance.”
Better in summer than in winter. Feels like a false alarm.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Curious George
September 17, 2022 3:42 am

EdF have just confirmed that they now expect nuclear generation to be at the low end of forecasts at just 280TWh for the year. That’s an average of 32GW compared with nameplate of 70GW. They aren’t going to get enough back on stream.

Plans for the winter include trying to import power from other countries that will have no surplus to sell, so it becomes a bidding battle as to who gets the blackouts. Plans also include rolling 2 hour blackouts, now openly announced as policy.

climate believer
Reply to  It doesn't add up...
September 17, 2022 12:45 pm

It all depends on the weather, if we get a real cold one, then it’s lights out.

September 16, 2022 11:01 am

Far out news – look out you krauts.

Our old friend Nostradamus has foretold more upheaval to come.

“”Quatrain 10/22 then allegedly reads: “Because they disapproved of his divorce, A man who later they considered unworthy. The people will force out the King of the islands. A man will replace who never expected to be king.””

The royal family and Germany go way back

Reply to  fretslider
September 16, 2022 6:53 pm

I don’t think the current royal family is all that emotionally or culturally connected to German any more.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  fretslider
September 17, 2022 3:43 am

That plated out already. See Edward VIII and his divorcee..

Richard Page
Reply to  fretslider
September 17, 2022 4:26 am

That same quatrain indicates that Charles will become ‘king of the islands’ because all other commonwealth countries have become republics and rejected him as head of state? Wake me up when it becomes relevant in any way, will you?

September 16, 2022 11:04 am

The four or five smug giggling German reps to the UN (Trump 2018 speech) need to comment on current events.

One of them is Heiko Maas.

Who are the others. And do they care about the state of their Country?

Reply to  DonM
September 16, 2022 11:18 am

Now they are busy withholding weapons from brave Ukrainian forces defending Europe.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
September 17, 2022 3:21 am

about bl**dy time they woke up

Richard Page
Reply to  ResourceGuy
September 17, 2022 6:33 am

‘Witholding’ implies ownership by Ukraine or some sort of debt payment of those weapons, not voluntary donations with the amount and type determined by the giver. And let’s not forget that Germany offered large quantities of medical and aid supplies to Ukraine, which was rejected despite Ukraine now being desperately short of them. Presumably weapons are easier to shift on the black market and bring in more money.

Reply to  DonM
September 17, 2022 3:21 am

if theyd just kept biz as usual and NOT listened to usa “advice” theyd still be fine

London Broil
September 16, 2022 11:05 am

All that free wind and sun isn’t making up for the hydrocarbon shortfall? How can this be?

I am calling my shot and predicting that Germany folds and gives in to Russia.

September 16, 2022 11:08 am

EU President announces nationalization and central planning of energy production and consumer usage.
Germany confiscates Russian oil refineries and takes over Russian shares in other German oil and gas companies.
The fascist takeover begins.

Reply to  dk_
September 17, 2022 3:23 am

vonderlying is a worry
poking the bear already proved costly
some people never learn

September 16, 2022 11:54 am

The Germany Greening Deal: renewable profits, intermittent drivers, unreliable energy, ecological change, shared responsibility in the modern model.

Call me a skeptic
Reply to  n.n
September 16, 2022 12:50 pm

The Germany Greening Deal…Renewable profits….. doesn’t that mean printing more money? …And of course, planting new forests to replace the trees lost from printing so much new money.

Reply to  Call me a skeptic
September 16, 2022 1:54 pm

It sounds like they have discovered the money tree in the backyard. That doesn’t work for long.

Dan Hughes
September 16, 2022 1:11 pm

The Enabling Act is de facto already underway in the USA, thanks to the Biden Admin.

Kevin R.
Reply to  Dan Hughes
September 16, 2022 5:28 pm

If they win in November that’ll be the first thing they do. Explicitly. I can see Biden demagoguing now: “Just give me the tools! Give me the tools!”

September 16, 2022 1:37 pm

Depending on how Liz Truss handles the next couple of years, we might find German companies clamouring to open factories in the UK.

Wouldn’t that just be the most delicious kick in the remainers and EU Brexit saboteurs b0llox.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Gary Pearse
September 16, 2022 2:47 pm

It’s a no-brainer that we are now in the collapse- horror phase of this made-in-Europe nightmare. The junking, clean up and replacement of unfit-for-purpose institutions, education systems (K- to ersatz PhDs), the dismantling and rehab of renewable (sic)-tufted-and-glazed landscapes, seascapes, farmlands and forests, massive retirements and retraining and recertification of younger scientists who are redundant in a modern, productive renewed civilization …. This will cost some trillions and take a number of years to accomplish.

Rud Istvan
September 16, 2022 2:52 pm

As my immigrant California rancher/geologist used to say:
‘The chickens are coming home to roost’. Then he would explain, gonna be lots of chickenshit in the henhouse.

Tom Abbott
September 16, 2022 3:38 pm

All the pain that comes is based on unsubstantiated assumptions and assertions about CO2. The Political Elites have gone off half-cocked with their plans and their creation is about to crash and burn, taking a lot of innocent people with it.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 16, 2022 4:22 pm

CO2 is the nameplate slogan that masks what this is based on.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  AndyHce
September 17, 2022 12:27 pm

Yes, the real intent is to abolish capitalism, and replace democratic governments with WEF power players.

September 16, 2022 4:02 pm

I think it’s great that the Germans are caught between a rock and a hard place of their own making – the rock being their air of smug superiority of their green energy program and the hard place being their active opposition to the war in Ukraine. Something for Germany almost has to give this winter. I need to lay in an extra store of popcorn so I can monitor the situation properly.

September 16, 2022 4:51 pm

The German government is taking over the German gas suppliers due to their imminent economic collapse:

Surging gas prices and Moscow’s move to squeeze supplies to Europe have already prompted a series of government bailouts and rescue loans. But those measures are increasingly dwarfed by the scale of the crisis and there’s a risk that systemic energy providers collapse without more robust government support. A coordinated swoop on the three firms would mark a clear escalation in Europe’s response to the energy war being waged by Russia.

At this point, the gas storage situation in Germany is good. Is interesting to watch it unfold over the coming months.

Serge Wright
September 16, 2022 6:58 pm

Russia is the king of world chess and has been playing Europe for some time, before finally making it’s last moves of “check”, by invading the Ukraine and then “check mate”, by turning off the gas.

Unfortunately, it’s now game over for Europe and you can’t undo your mistakes after the game has completed. What comes next will be a total collapse of industry, business, food production and energy production. Millions of people will perish, possibly on a scale not seen before, even during the great wars. The collapse of Europe will cause Wall St to collapse and bring down the USA and all of the western economies.

Enter the great reset and the start of Marxism for the unlucky ones who somehow survive. And just to think that the cause of the greatest ever collapse in human history was caused by left-wing activism, that successfully agitated for the decommissioning of the energy grid that kept everything running and upon which every aspect of society was dependent. Let’s pray this chapter of history is never again repeated and let’s hope we can bring those to justice that allowed this unprecedented human tragedy to occur. No punishment will ever come close to providing justice, but the harshest of punishments must be dealt as a deterrent.

Reply to  Serge Wright
September 17, 2022 3:28 am

italian farmers out en masse over proposed culling 180k or so cattle(reasons vague)
netherlands and others inc germany doing same
anti nitrogen morons starting the chant on rural aus as well
if they want people alive they need food to handle cold etc
looks a LOT like the 500mil wef/club of rome etc tales are true after all

also curious the massive rise in unexplained excess deaths in almost ALL heavily mandated vax nations ..isnt it?

September 16, 2022 9:32 pm

A perfectly predictable outcome of globalization combined with just in time distribution, short-sighted greed, lack of redundancy, hidey-holes in Patagonia (and well-armed yachts and jets in which to get there), etc.. Or, if you’re biblically inclined, eating all seven fat cows and forgetting about the seven lean ones.

September 17, 2022 2:09 am

It’s unfortunate but we need this disaster to happen to force some sanity and factual based decision making to return.

Geoffrey Williams
September 17, 2022 2:20 am

People on this website and others around the world have been warning for years that the Renewables bubble would one day burst. Now it has burst with the result that many people will suffer hardship and suffering that should never be happening.

Jack Frost
September 17, 2022 2:48 am

Quick, build more windmills 🥶

September 17, 2022 3:05 am

between the WEF von der lying and brussells the eu is truly victoria newlanded;-)
poetic and deserved results follow
her famous quote”F the EU”
in this case its a serve of onanism;-)
with a sprinkle of arrogance and extreme stupid as toppings

It doesn't add up...
September 17, 2022 3:29 am

Yesterday natural gas prices fell heavily in Europe. The trigger? VW announced they were taking a €400m profit on gas they had bought as a hedge, selling it back into the market. They will replace some of it with coal, but the reality is closed factories and short time working.

September 17, 2022 8:08 am

It’s what Germans VOTED FOR…and what they STILL SUPPORT.

Freezing in poverty is a well deserved outcome for ultra-arrogant leftists.

Also this is a form of Natural Selection for the preservation of the species that should not be interrupted.

September 17, 2022 11:43 am

German industry can’t possibly continue to compete on the world stage with any sort of industrial production.

Order spare parts for your BMW now!

Richard Page
Reply to  roaddog
September 17, 2022 1:56 pm

BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, Volkswagen and any brand using German parts or engines. It’s a long list.

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