Fresh Legal Fight Erupts Over Nord Stream 2 As Europe Energy Costs Soar Ahead of Frigid Winter



TUESDAY, OCT 05, 2021 - 10:40 AM


Just ahead of Monday's announcement that the Nord Stream 2 Russia to Germany natural gas pipeline has begun filling with gas in the first line while awaiting approval from Germany regulators before it goes fully online and the taps are turned on, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko in weekend statements had warned that political opponents are ready to exploit "legal squiggles" to prevent it from finally going operational. 


"I will stress once again: all the necessary steps, including in the legal field, have been taken and we firmly hope that this project will be implemented," Grushko explained, while warning of the "rather complicated" process for receiving legal certification on the European side. 


Crucially signs of a final inter-EU political fight have already emerged, as Bloomberg details, European lawmakers "who supervised the European Parliament’s work on EU gas market legislation, said NS2 doesn’t meet the conditions for German certification because it fails to meet the unbundling criteria (which ensures a gas producer is prevented from simultaneously controlling the production and the transmission side of the business).

Dresden in winter, via Planetware

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Comment by Willem Post on January 16, 2022 at 4:32pm



1) EU bureaucrats had urged EU countries not to sign long-term gas supply contracts with Russia, because electricity from wind, solar, etc., would increase, and signing long-term contracts would “send the wrong signal”, plus it would give “evil” Russia more clout in EU energy markets.


2) However, EU bureaucrats did not take into account the vagaries of wind and solar. In that regard, they are far from unique.

From April, 2020, to the present, there has been significantly less wind than in prior years.


Even though more onshore and offshore wind turbine capacity, MW, was installed in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, that did not result in as much of an increase in wind electricity as predicted, due to less than average winds.


3) As a result, the shortfall of wind electricity had to be made up by burning more gas and coal, which rapidly increased SPOT prices of gas to $40/million Btu, and also increased the SPOT prices of coal.


4) Then, people became aware, the EU winter storage of gas was very low, compared to prior years, which meant energy markets began to bid up the SPOT prices of gas for future, i.e., winter, delivery.


5) At first, EU bureaucrats tried to hide their lack of planning ability, and blame the shortfalls on market manipulation by Russia.

However, Russia proved, with gas system operating data, it had been transmitting gas to the EU, IN EXCESS of long-term contract requirements; in case of Ukraine, the excess transmission was 10%. Various EU countries, that receive a steady supply of low-cost gas from Russia, chimed in to support Russia. See Note.


Ukraine: At present, Ukraine does not buy gas directly from Russia. Instead, the gas flows through a transmission line, and Ukraine takes some of that gas for its own use. Ukraine calls that gas “a reverse-flow supply”, as if it came from EU countries, i.e., a charade.


Ukraine pays these EU countries about 20 to 30 percent more, than if Ukraine had bought the gas directly from Russia.


Russia requires Ukraine to pay for a year of gas supply, up front, in cash, because impoverished, corrupt Ukraine:


1) Stole gas from transmission lines (the gas had been bought by EU countries from Russia), and

2) Did not make timely and adequate payments for contracted Russian gas, during prior years


In case Ukraine would have a gas supply contract with Russia, and the flow had been any quantity less than per contract, Ukraine would have cried “Russia is using gas as a weapon” to its EU, US, and NATO protectors.


Ukraine could not be such a bad commercial actor with regard to the EU, as otherwise, it would never be admitted to NATO and the EU.


Germany: Several decades ago, when Germany started its ENERGIEWENDE towards wind, and solar, and tree burning, and closing nuclear plants, I thought they were of-the-charts nuts. The chickens are finally coming home to roost, aided and abetted by RE-idiot bureaucrats in Brussels, who know not their belly buttons from a hole in the ground; I am trying to stay polite.

Comment by Willem Post on October 6, 2021 at 3:27pm


You worry too much

These folks will have a government program to latch onto, just like those folks who walk across the recently opened border.

Comment by Penny Gray on October 6, 2021 at 12:29pm

Well, this will give us a taste of what a long cold winter will feel like without fossil fuels.  Perhaps we need to shut down a few more nuclear power plants and build more solar and wind "farms".  The tragedy is, the poor and the elderly will be the ones dying of the cold when the lights go out.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 6, 2021 at 8:39am

Let this sink in.

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 5, 2021 at 9:07pm


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

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