Mind the Gap

There are attempts to pull the wool over the public’s eyes regarding the “success” of Germany’s Energiewende. Some loudly proclaiming nonsense that leads others to believe that “Germany gets most of its electricity from wind and solar power”.

Here is a graph (from Agora Energiewende) of the actual figures showing how much of Germany’s electrical power consumption (the squiggly line in red) was provided by Wind and Solar PV over the past month.
German Wind+PV and ConsumptionThe big, white gap between the red squiggle and the blue and yellow peaks is what has to be filled largely by conventional means; substantially coal, nuclear and gas, some hydroelectric and a little pumped storage and biomass. Visit the Agora Energiewende site for a interactive charts to see where Germany actually gets its electrical power.

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