Germany is one of the best resourced countries for wind in Europe but the impact on industry of intermittent wind is causing great concerns. The other side of the coin is what do you do with the surplus. In the UK we turn wind farms off and pay the operators even more that they would make from the power in the way of Constraints payments. We also pay fossil fuel generators the same payments when contracted energy is not needed due to the government requirement to use generated renewable energy in preference. However Germany has a different wheeze. They dump their over production on Eastern Europe. Sounding a bit familiar. An arrogant attitude to Poland and Czechoslovakia.
Ladka Bauerova and Tino Andresen — October 25, 2012
Germany is dumping electricity on its unwilling neighbors and by wintertime the feud should come to a head.
Central and Eastern European countries are moving to disconnect their power lines from Germany’s during the windiest days. That’s when they get flooded with energy, echoing struggles seen from China to Texas over accommodating the world’s 200,000 windmills.
Renewable energy around the world is causing problems because unlike oil it can’t be stored, so when generated it must be consumed or risk causing a grid collapse. At times, the glut can be so great that utilities pay consumers to take the power and get rid of it.
“Germany is aware of the problem, but there is not enough political will to solve the problem because it’s very costly,” Pavel Solc, Czech deputy minister of industry and trade, said in an interview. “So we’re forced to make one-sided defensive steps to prevent accidents and destruction.”
The power grids in the former communist countries are “stretched to their limits” and face potential blackouts when output surges from wind turbines in northern Germany or on the Baltic Sea, according to Czech grid operator CEPS. The Czechs plan to install security switches near borders by year-end to disconnect from Europe’s biggest economy to avoid critical overload.