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Nice catch, Katrin.

And in the article is a screen shot showing electricity production during that period, where wind and solar (with biogas storage) served over 50% of Germany.

(Left: Actual Generation      Right: Planned Generation)

Step by step the renewable future is being proven.

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

by Crazy Horse on Mon Apr 2nd, 2012 at 07:04:36 AM EST
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It's nice to see that something I banged about on a theoretical level (thinking it may come to pass in decades...) actually works: wind+solar with comparable capacities combine to something resembling the diurnal (and annual) variation of consumption on average. On a related issue, a recent article on the economic unviability of a pumping storage power plant pointed at the merit order effect of solar as cause.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Apr 2nd, 2012 at 09:00:57 AM EST
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While the day shown was exceptional, here is another news on the whole of 2011: CO2 emissions by the 1640 plants which have to participate in emissions trading (who together emit about half of Germany's CO2 emissions) fell 1% vs. 2010. That while the economy grew 3% and several nuclear plants were shut down and closed after Fukushima. The combined 450 million tons of CO2 were below the 452.8-million-ton limit – which to me indicates that cap-and-trade is not necessarily the fastest possible way of emissions reductions.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 10:35:29 AM EST
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