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What strikes me is how this discussions appears to be treated as unrelated to the recent flap on nuclear plants and renewables, or to other discussions on the "cost" of renewable energy support mechanisms. Renewable energy appears costlier, and in need of subsidies, precisely because basic power generation is subsidized through other means, like payments to coal mines.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 03:36:00 AM EST
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So true, as Germany's energy policies begin to be schizophrenic.

The good news, if i recall correctly, is that germany is now down to 20,000 in the mining industry from a peak of 600,000, and just 4 mines.

the bad news is politicians in both major parties, but particularly the SPD, remain committed to what was once their base (at least in NRW and Saarland.)

for comparison, windpower alone has some 110,000 (est.) working here.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 03:48:17 AM EST
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Of course. And in the same vein, back on this side of the Rhine river: Sakozy's pal Henri Proglio wants to jam yet another electricity rate increase down the French people, all in the name of "subsidizing the renewable energies":

Solar power may cause French electricity price rise | RFI

Renewable energy is a budget burden for France's energy company EDF, and the industry's rapid-fire growth is only adding to the strain.

EDF's mission has long been to support sustainable producers by buying at prices set by the government. But the industry's success has seen costs skyrocket - and the government in turn has cut subsidies.

Les Echos on Tuesday reported that EDF chief Henri Proglio wrote a letter to French Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo warning that EDF's 2009 budget gap of 1.6 billion euros stands to increase to 2.6 billion by the end 2010.

He added that this could exceed 15 billion after 2015.

Somebody has to cover the costs of renewable industry development - and the National Assembly's Finance Commission is proposing that private power bills should bear the shortfall.

by Bernard on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:08:39 AM EST
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