Julie M. Rodriguez

German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

by , 08/20/13

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Germany’s largest gas, electric, and water utility has threatened to relocate to Turkey if the government continues to push for renewable energy. E.ON reports that its coal and gas-fired plants are currently operating and the situation (for them) only promises to get worse. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to phase out nuclear power in Germany within a decade — another main source of revenue for E.ON.

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E.ON isn’t the only company feeling the pinch. RWE, Germany’s second-largest utility, is planning to shut down six power plants. Right now, some of those plants are operating at less than 10 percent of its generation capacity. It turns out Germany’s wind and solar sources are doing so well that the country barely needs to rely on conventional power plants at all.

In fact, the majority of power in Germany now comes from renewable sources, which are given priority access to the nation’s grid. Plants powered by fossil fuels are only used to make up for shortfalls in the energy supply. Maybe instead of packing up and moving to a more coal-friendly country, E.ON could look into setting up solar panels or wind turbines to maintain their profitability instead.

Via Forbes

Images by mendhak and Duncan Harris

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4 Comments

  1. PookyBottom September 5, 2013 at 1:31 am

    You should research just how much coal Germany actually uses.

  2. chrissimmons August 20, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Hopefully The German renewable energy companies will expand to Turkey first. If that is were the competition wants to go why not beat them to the punch. It would be nice to see their scare tactic backfire.

  3. msyin August 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    So, who is going to throw the farewell party? If they were able to leave and go to Turkey, do they not see that the same issue will happen there soon after they get settled. This world is changing and dirty fuel in any form is leaving. You can either diversify, or die but no one is going to try to save an industry that while it was the best in it’s day, has brought more troubles than we can get a handle on. If they want to leave then….go.

  4. GreatEmerald GreatEmerald August 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    What. They should be allowed to go, because honestly, good riddance! They’re obsolete, so they can relocate to their heart’s content, for all the good that’d do to them. The German government would have to be complete morons to change their strategy because of that.

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