Germany’s Electricity Surplus Nearly Quadruples In 2 Years

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For all those acting like Germany is going to be without electricity (or have to import a lot) from its energy revolution (well underway), the Telegraph has a note for you:

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Germany solar roof courtesy Shutterstock

“Figures just published appeared to vindicate Germany’s clean energy revolution, showing that the country’s electricity surplus had nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2012.”

Thanks to Climate Denial Crock of the Week for the share.

Unfortunately, the Telegraph then goes on to mention the price tag for this shift, but it inaccurately equates that to net cost. (I know, what’s new?) If a full accounting had been conducted, the savings that come from less pollution, less in the way of fossil fuel imports, and global warming mitigation would be included. Furthermore, the economic benefits that come from solar power being a job-creating energy option would also be included, as would the benefits from supplying power at times of very expensive peak power demand.

But hey, that wouldn’t make for the controversy that big media thrives on, and it would fit the Telegraph‘s anti-green agenda.

At least it’s good to see that the Telegraph reported on the electricity surplus story.


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