Blowin' in the Wind
by Bob Ciminel
The German people will pay almost $3-billion in extra charges just to support the current development of wind power within the country. You have to "burn" something to generate power, whether it is coal, oil, hydrogen, or uranium. What the Greens are burning is money, and at a rate of $18-$22 per year for every household in Germany.
As usual, the customers who
will bear the costs of going green are the citizens. Their electricity
costs will rise by almost 64 cents a kilowatt-hour. The other
downside is the nuclear phase-out will remove 160-billion kilowatt-hours
of generating capacity from Germany's energy supplies, of which
renewable power sources, at best, will replace only 120-billion
kilowatt-hours. Where will the other 40-billion kilowatt-hours
come from - why carbon-producing fossil fuels, of course.
Bob Ciminel lives in Roswell, Georgia, and works for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Bob is also a conductor on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.