Irregular and unpredictable wind and solar power are increasingly becoming a problem for Germany’s power grid. Utility company Tennet TSO spent almost a billion euros last year on emergency interventions to stabilize the national grid. That’s what the company announced earlier this week. The costs were thus about 50% higher than in 2016 (660 million euros) and around forty percent higher than in 2015 (710 million). —Alex Reichmuth, Basler Zeitung, 6 January 2018
Almost 9% of Europeans can’t afford to heat their homes. Figures from a study published by the EU agency, Eurostat which surveyed people from across the continent, showed Bulgaria with 39% of its population unable to afford to heat their homes properly. Lithuania and Greece followed with 29% of people making the claims. —Euronews, 4 January 2018
Any variety of weather whatsoever can be traced, if you keep the grants flowing and the contradictions unexamined, to the One Holy Underlying Theory of All Weather. —Rex Murphy, National Post, 6 January 2018
Germany is increasingly selling electricity at negative prices. The cost of having to pay for energy exports are carried to a significant part by German electricity consumers. Transmission system operators also have to purchase electricity from renewable sources, even if there is no demand. In these situations, electricity prices go negative. The costs for this are transferred by the operators to the consumers. “We can’t afford this insanity for much longer. The next coalition governing will have to tackle this issue,” the newspaper quotes Bernd Westphal, the economics spokesperson of the SPD parliamentary group. —Spiegel Online, 3 January 2018
With some scientists increasingly predicting a long period of global cooling, we may need incentives to put additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. —Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, 6 January 2018
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