Tomorrow is the International Day of Protest Against Wind Power Generators. An event that the mainstream media will most certainly keep silent all over, after all it’s hip to be for renewable energies, even though more than 22,000 wind generators in Germany haven’t succeeded in taking the place of one single nuclear generator for supplying power for the indispensible base load.
At the same time, the bad news about our power supply hasn’t let up, as at least BILD and “Welt Online” report. According to statements by the (German) Federal Grid Agency, the power supply last Wednesday was just short of a blackout.
As BILD cites from “Welt Online” in the following:
Only with help of drastic measures could the stability of the grid in be sustained in northern Germany.
What exactly led to the light of the European warning system “Real-time Awareness and Alarm Systems” changing suddenly to yellow is still under investigation by the Federal Grid Agency.
The presumed cause is a chain of unfortunate factors – overload.
Die “Welt” portrays it this way: When the sun set in the west and productive solar generators could no longer generate power, the Brokdorf nuclear facility on the Elbe failed because of small malfunctions. Further eastward, the substation in Helmstedt failed, and in the eastern states a storm arose – wind generators suddenly produced an enormous amount of power. To distribute this and maintain stability, the east-west lines were so overtaxed that the operating companies took up emergency measures and shut down among other things complete wind parks in the east. In December 2011 was the last time Germany barely avoided an overall power outage. On that occasion, the jump in power use by southern Germany and France nearly caused a collapse in the grids. Power plants in Austria stepped into the gap and alleviated the bottleneck.
What otherwise would have happened can also be gleaned from the report:
The Bureau for the Assessment of Technological Impact in the German Bundestag (TAB) presented an analysis last year about if a blackout would actually ever happen in Germany. The collapse of telecommunications, the Internet, radio and television would have dramatic consequences, it said. The battery-powered radio would become the most important medium of communication. Rail travel would also be greatly affected, hundreds of trains and subways would remain standing; myriads of people would be locked in. In ports like Hamburg, ships would no longer be loaded and unloaded. The picture on the street would also be bleak: “Because of traffic lights, traffic control systems and street lights being out there would be immediate traffic jams, above all in urban areas. A profound increase of traffic accidents would be observed – with injuries and scattered casualties,” was also explained in the report. The water supply, as well as many of the 10,000 sanitation facilities, could likewise collapse due to the lack of power for the pumps. And especially dramatic: The food supply would hardly make it.
“Quarrels and fierce and often physical fights over food production, resulting food rations or sparse provisions could break out in the few businesses still operating that could not be kept under control by forces of order,” it said. Elderly, infirm or little children would suffer under the conditions. In addition, the ca. 200 hospitals would only be able to produce power for a short term with generators. The healthcare system would be massively impaired within 24 hours. ATMs would immediately be unavailable upon a power outage. The costs in such cases would be hard to investigate.
This, however, doesn’t stop states like Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria from taking the blighting of their landscape quickly in hand. Unfortunately, not only the Green social education squad aren’t the only ones, but also the CSU is ignoring the fact that this will urgently require billions in order to make the already available wind and solar energies useful through grid construction and storage capacities.
Posted by PI / Translation: Anders Denken