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Energiewende and Liberal Policymakers In EU

by Oui Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 08:56:52 AM EST

Warm welcome for plans by incoming Scholz government with strong Green Party influence to massively boost wind and solar power.

'The Energiewende is back':
German green power sector and
investors thrilled by coalition treaty

Europe Caught Off Guard by Biden Blitzkrieg

Add at least another decade. Privatisation and liberal policy from the EU in Brussels has caught us in this mess. Don't expect a solution that combines green energy transition and zero-emission goal anytime soon.

Dutch Electricity Grid at Capacity

It will take at least ten years to build new infrastructure such as high voltage transmission lines.

Watts up: Dutch electric grid is at capacity | Dutch News - Sept 3, 2021 |

Too much electricity For some years, there has been a push for greener energy to help combat climate change. Last year, the Dutch government accelerated the closure of the last coal power plant in the country and all are slated to be shut by 2030.

However, the production of electricity from green sources, wind farms and solar panels, sometimes pushes a glut of electricity onto the grid. Government subsidies exist, for example, to place solar panels on private roofs and the Dutch system buys back electricity at a rate equal to the sales price.

What the government hasn't done, says Schut, is to incentivise electrical storage capacity. `You should also subsidise storage, like a battery in a solar park. Congestion is in specific places. You can also solve it locally with batteries,' he told Nieuwsuur.

There is also reportedly a labour shortage. In the coming years, the sector will need 3,500 new technicians to work on the electric grid and there aren't enough people qualified to do this work, according to Schut.

Joint Declaration of Intent between Germany and The Netherlands in relation to further energy co-operation regarding grids and electricity transmission - Oct. 2019

Masters in research and writing extensive reports how the future will be reached ...

Summary The Energy System of the Future -- 2030-2050 Integral Infrastructure Survey April 2021

We are proud to present this extensive summary of the `The Energy System of the Future' study. In it, experts from our respective organisations paint a detailed picture of the various paths that the Netherlands could choose to achieve a fully climate-neutral energy system. An integrated system that interconnects not only all energy carriers, but also all potential consumers and producers, who play a key role in developing the future energy system. The major electricity surpluses and shortages that we will face due to the weather dependency of sources of renewable energy are a big challenge in this context. At the same time, however, the required modifications will offer great opportunities for innovation, economic development and the job market. In this system, network operators and parties from across the market will continuously complement each other in a flexible way.

Transmission Capacity: TenneT invests heavily in further innovations, efficiency and cooperation/partnerships to meet the challenges of the energy transition.  

Gasunie and TenneT hereby present their first Infrastructure Outlook 2050, which is the result of a joint study on the development of an integrated energy infrastructure in the Netherlands and Germany. It takes the target of the Paris Agreement (COP21), to achieve a 95% CO 2 emission reduction by 2050, as its starting point.

As mentioned in the Dutch Draft Climate Agreement, Gasunie and TenneT will begin an explorative infrastructure study for the period 2030-2050 in cooperation with regional grid companies later this year. This study will be used as a basis for agreements on investments in infrastructure between network operators and governments and will be published in 2021.

To further analyse the infrastructural needs for the period 2030-2050 in Germany, TenneT has invited the IAEW energy research institute of the University of Aachen to make an in-depth analysis of the future national energy system. Gasunie Deutschland is involved as an important stakeholder, providing the gas expertise. Results of the already ongoing study are expected for mid-2019.

We expect that this Outlook 2050 will contribute to a better understanding of the current and future possibilities for the development of a sustainable, reliable and affordable future energy system.

Russian gas was key in energy transition until 2030 ... powerful joint venture agreement Gasunie and Gazprom signed by PM Mark Rutte.

Getting the federal government involved in #TransnetBW can definitely make sense. But what will actually become of the participation in #50Hertz and the planned (failed?) entry of the federal government into #TenneT? A holistic strategy of the @BMWK here

Similar to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government knew it was coming, yet unprepared and no plan was in place.

Long live Libertarian economics of Mark Rutte, society is based on trust in private genius and innovation. The government should stay out of care for the needy of prevention of mental illness, energy poverty. Some will unfortunately fall by the wayside.

biomass, oil, gas, or H20 supply chain discipline
euractiv | EU hopes to build on past experience [BWAH!] to fast-track hydrogen market, 25 Ma
With the Russian war in Ukraine, the EU is now pushing on the accelerator. In March, the EU executive announced plans for an additional 15 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen by 2030 on top of the 5.6 million tonnes previously announced in the Commission's 2020 hydrogen strategy.
branded REPowerEU, the Commission plan will be followed up by more detailed proposals on 18 May. And hydrogen will once again be at the centre of attention.

Higher targets

According to the March proposal, two thirds of the extra hydrogen will be imported into Europe from countries like Oman, the UAE or Chile < wipes tears >, with the rest being produced in the EU. But for that to happen, the EU will have to build a competitive hydrogen market as fast as possible without scaring away investors, something the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) says will require a "gradual and flexible regulatory approach".

To do this, the EU executive presented a gas package of legislation in December, which aims to establish a new hydrogen, with a dedicated infrastructure.

It won't start from scratch, however. Drawing on the lessons from past energy market overhauls, the EU executive outlined a two-step approach: before 2030, EU competition rules will be partly suspended in order to attract investors. After that date, the EU's more stringent regulations will start applying, including so-called `ownership unbundling' rules requiring network operators to be independent from energy suppliers

ENNOH's role will be to promote a dedicated hydrogen infrastructure, coordinate across borders, work on interconnectors and put out technical rules.

For Europe's nascent [!] hydrogen industry, the chief concern relates to 2030 when unbundling rules will start to apply. Another key issue the certification of hydrogen depending on how it is produced - whether from fossil gas (grey hydrogen), gas with carbon capture and storage (blue hydrogen), electrolysis using renewable electricity (green hydrogen), nuclear (pink hydrogen) or from the power grid.

To avoid grid congestion issues, the industry is looking at installing electrolysers as close as possible to large renewable electricity production facilities like offshore wind farms.

Other solutions are being envisaged. "For example, you could ask a country like Portugal to prove that the amount of hydrogen produced from the grid corresponds to an additional renewable source over a year. Or you could use Hydrogen GOs to prove the electricity used as input is renewable. That is doable," [industry group Hydrogen Europe sec gen Jorgo] Chatzimarkakis told EURACTIV in an interview last year.

euractiv | Commission considers easing rules on crop rotation to grow more wheat in a drought of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
Earlier this month, German agriculture minister Cem Özdemir called on the EU to temporarily push back the new rules on crop rotation, originally set to come into force from 2023 [!] as part of the bloc's reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), by one year in order to up wheat production in the face of Russia's attack on Ukraine.

This would mean that farmers who grew wheat on a field this year could grow wheat on the same piece of land again in the coming season, allowing more space for grain production. The idea was presented to EU agriculture ministers for the first time on Tuesday (24 May) during a meeting in Brussels. ...

Slovakia looks to home-grown uranium to cut Russian nuclear dependence
by Cat on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 11:32:34 PM EST
Cryptocurrency's Dirty Secret: Energy Consumption | May 4, 2022 |

Infographics: Largest Bitcoin Mining Farms in the World

A looming global energy crisis could directly affect Bitcoin miners

Natural gas prices have been up 100% since December 2021, while the price of Bitcoin is down 25%. The cost of fueling mining operations has gone up 100% (assuming this cost has been passed on to the miner), while the return dropped by 25% when valued in dollars.

A widely reported article in Nature Climate Change warned that Bitcoin Could Push Global Emissions Above 2 Degrees Celsius, Scientists Say

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 04:17:16 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 04:18:18 PM EST
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Why is this a supposed to be a secret?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 04:26:39 PM EST
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Biomethane Map Europe - 2021

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 07:28:25 AM EST

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