The fossil component is not going away because Germany has stopped building nuclear plants. You can see from the graph that it is mostly nuclear power that held fossil fuel growth at bay.dmcmahon wrote:I've seen that graph. To be fair, it doesn't look that bad. They've held their fossil electricity at approximately the same level for almost 40 years, and all the growth in demand has been met by nukes and renewables, with renewables making up almost all of the increase in the past 10 years. That's impressive IMO. But looking at the chart, it's hard to see how the fossil number will go down over the next 40 years, even if renewables can be expanded to replace the nukes, which seems doubtful unless they've got some way to make them produce baseload. Perhaps their plan is to throw a lot of intermittent capacity onto the grid and sell excess power cheaply to neighbors, then buy reliable power at high cost from those same neighbors? Either way it seems like the fossil component isn't going to go away.
Saying fossil fuels have not increased is kind of like saying you've killed 10 people a year since 1972 but are not killing more than 10 people a year today so that makes it okay. And boy, do fossil fuels kill.
There is no excuse for Germany's pathetic energy policy. I'm ashamed to live next to that country. Some nasty brown coal particulate is coming this way whenever the winds are from the east. Yugh.