Germany had an installed capacity of 39,612 MW at the end of 2014. During 2014, the output varied from 29,687 MW (74.9% of capacity briefly during December) to 24 MW (0.06%). The average output was 5,868 MW (14.8% = the capacity factor). The production was 51,405.8 GWh.


Output was between 0 to 10% of capacity for 45.5% of the time (3986.75 h)

Output was in excess of 50% of capacity for 5.2% of the time (460.75 h)


A graph of wind output during 2014, does not reveal any available base load, i.e., a reliable minimum output to rely on.


During winter, solar is near zero, if panels are covered with snow and ice.

Solar is near zero, or zero, about 75% of the hours of the year.

Wind is near zero, or zero, about 40% of the hours of the year.

Solar + wind is near zero during many hours of the year.

Solar and wind are variable energy, requiring baby-sitting (i.e., providing peaking, filling-in and balancing electricity) by the traditional plants (fossil, hydro, nuclear, bio, etc.), 24/7/365, year after year.

Any missing energy, to satisfy demand at any time, must be provided by almost ALL traditional generators at least some of the time.

All generating plants must be kept in good working order, staffed, fueled, ready to go, as needed.

Those generating plants do not need wind and solar to function, but wind and solar definitely cannot function without these plants, i.e., wind and solar are supplementary, are grid-disturbing cripples, 24/7/365, i.e., similar to unsteady drunks disturbing church service.

Without the output of these generating plants, no modern economy could function.


During higher wind periods, Germany has excess energy production, which it exports to the grids of nearby countries to make its wind energy work, but that likely will become less of an option in the future, after other countries also build out THEIR wind and solar systems. See URLs.

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Comment by Long Islander on March 1, 2017 at 6:30pm

Economic impacts from the promotion of renewable energies:The German experience


Excerpt: "Although Germany’s promotion of renewable energies is commonly portrayed in the media as setting a “shining example in providing a harvest for the world” (The Guardian 2007), we would instead regard the country’s experience as a cautionary tale of massively expensive environmental and energy policy that is devoid of economic and environmental benefits."


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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