• 3 minutes Nucelar Deal Is Dead? Iran Distances Itself Further From ND, Alarming Russia And France
  • 5 minutes Don Jr. Tweets name Ukraine Whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella. Worked for CIA during Obama Administration, Hold over to Trump National Security Counsel under Gen McCallister, more . . . .
  • 9 minutes Shale pioneer Chesepeak will file bankruptcy soon. FINALLY ! The consolidation begins
  • 12 minutes China's Blueprint For Global Power
  • 5 hours Science: Only correct if it fits the popular narrative
  • 54 mins Crazy Stories From Round The World
  • 2 days EU has already lost the Trump vs. EU Trade War
  • 17 hours What are the odds of 4 U.S. politicians all having children working for Ukraine Gas Companies?
  • 24 hours Do The World's Energy Policies Make Sense?
  • 1 day China's Renewables Boom Hits the Wall
  • 8 hours Iran Burning: Shock Gas Price Hike Triggers Violent Protests After Subsidy Cuts
  • 4 hours Impeachment Nonsense
  • 1 day Forget out-of-date 'dirty oil' smear, Alberta moving to be world's cleanest oil industry
  • 8 hours Atty General Barr likely subpeona so called whistleblower and "leaker" Eric Ciaramella
  • 2 days Water, Trump, and Israel’s National Security
  • 2 days Tesla Launches Faster Third Generation Supercharger
  • 17 hours Who writes this stuff? "Crude Prices Swing Between Gains, Losses"

Breaking News:

Russia Plans To Boost Crude Oil Exports

Natural Gas Is Fighting For Survival

Natural Gas Is Fighting For Survival

Natural gas is considered a…

Megamerger Could Create The Next Deepwater Oil Giant

Megamerger Could Create The Next Deepwater Oil Giant

Offshore oilfield service companies Saipem…

James Burgess

James Burgess

James Burgess studied Business Management at the University of Nottingham. He has worked in property development, chartered surveying, marketing, law, and accounts. He has also…

More Info

Germany's Wind Turbines Could Cause Blackouts this Winter

Germany has installed too many wind turbines without the necessary infrastructure to support them. This means that on windy days the German electrical grid cannot cope with the increased power being produced at the wind farms, and as an effort to avoid a collapse they send the excess power to Poland and the Czech Republic.

The problem is that their power grids cannot cope either, and in a move of self-preservation they are considering disengaging the connectors between their grids during windy days, which will only compound Germany’s problem even further.

Renewable energy is causing similar problems around the world due to the fact that, unlike oil, any excess production cannot be stored; it must be consumed or there is risk that it will cause a grid collapse. Sometimes utilities have even been known to pay consumers to use the power.

Commenting on the Czech decision to install security breakers near the border with Germany in order to disconnect from the troublesome grid and avoid potential overloads, Pavel Solc, the Czech deputy minister of industry and trade, told Bloomberg that “Germany is aware of the problem, but there is not enough political will to solve the problem because it’s very costly. So we’re forced to make one-sided defensive steps to prevent accidents and destruction.”

Germany’s electrical grid threatened collapse in February when a period of high winds created a huge glut of power, during that period the Czech Republic and Poland warned that they would disconnect their grids unless a solution was sorted. The coming winter, when high winds are expected, could be critical.

By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • Zlatan on November 26 2012 said:
    The germans should produce sodium base during the glut of electricity
  • ezdrive on November 11 2012 said:
    Too much power! Many countries wish they had this problem. Easy fix to shut down the wind turbines during times of excess. Article is definitely not living up to the "Blackout" title that it perpetrates. Must be referring to the "Oil Blackout"?
  • Hans on October 29 2012 said:
    German Grid operators are allowed to shut down wind turbines in case of grid-overload. So the article is just another piece of anti-wind energy scaremongering.

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play