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Renewables are, sorry to say, a smokescreen for fossile fuel interests.
Take the German example : under german law solar and wind are heavily subsidised via feed in tarrifs, which is expected to result in a grid that is about 10% renewable one of these days - This means that said grid would still be 70% fossil and 20 percent nuclear, and the projected costs to the German state of the current policy of feed in tariffs for renewable electricity are sufficiently high that if this money were invested in building EPR's via cash financing instead, the result would be the creation of a german sister to EDF- A wholly stateowned and debtfree utility with sufficient reactors to power 100 % of German demand. - Which would rather bankrupt, eh, all, the existing utilities. (because competing with a reactor which has had its capital costs written off is impossible. )
by Thomas on Fri Jan 8th, 2010 at 05:20:41 AM EST
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EDF- A wholly stateowned and debtfree utility with sufficient reactors to power 100 % of German demand. - Which would rather bankrupt, eh, all, the existing utilities.

Which is why the European Union in its attempt to create a "market", is trying to break EDF's monopoly, over which our Jérôme regularly throws a fit.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 8th, 2010 at 05:56:41 AM EST
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Subsidising via feed-in tariffs?

The French, Italian and German experience with take-or-pay contracts for gas (essentially a form of feed-in tariff, but with GazProm instead of the states) is that it gives cheaper and more secure supply than trading it on the spot market.

The Danish experience is that feed-in tariffs give cheaper electricity.

See also: Why wind needs feed-in tariffs (and why it is not the enemy of nuclear).

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Jan 8th, 2010 at 01:27:03 PM EST
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