Great article out of Germany: In Ontario it’s the cost of a Tim’s. In Germany it’s a scoop of ice cream.

From an article I wrote in November 2011:

Three days before Ontarians headed to the polls, the Star brazenly provided Jürgen Trittin, formerly Germany’s Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety 91998-2005), editorial space to intervene in Ontario’s election. Tritten’s lecture ended with “Ontario is on the right path. Now it must stay the course.” According to Der Speigel, that course involves politicians enriching allies: “Few people in the hinterlands are familiar with the name Aloys Wobben, but the founder of the wind power company Enercon is now a multibillionaire and one of Germany’s richest people. Thanks to former Environment Minister Jürgen Trittin, companies that got their start in garages were able to earn millions upon millions during the years when Germany was run by a Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Green Party coalition government…..” . Germany’s experience indicate they understood that increased contributions from wind must displace baseload (constant output) sources…. Germany, having found wind production was primarily driving exports, is now finding the same limitations are true of of the solar capacity which has seen enormous growth since wind output started dropping.

Quixotes Last Stand

From Spiegel Online, this article has been Google translated, so it may not be 100% accurate.  I’ve tried to adjust the grammar where I could.  You will get the general idea though.  If anyone can do a better translation for me, please let me know and I’ll make the corrections.  Funny how even with the rough translation, this sounds EXACTLY like Ontario.  Now we know what those delivery fees, etc. on our electric bill REALLY are.  Read on….


Eine Kolumne von Jan Fleischhauer — Spiegel Online — March 17, 2014

Expensive defense projects, agricultural subsidies: all are nothing compared to the cost of the energy transition, because the state guarantees investors a real windfall.  In normal business life such deals are banned and for good reason.

Last week, I looked up the cost of an ice cream scoop in Munich. Prices vary – seasonally adjusted – between 80 cents and 1.40 euro. The most expensive…

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