Germany, which set out to revolutionize with its energy transformation policy in the early 2000s, is turning back to coal and natural gas with millions of solar panels under the snow.
The German government launched an energy transformation policy in 2000 called Energiewende. The project, which was implemented to decarbonize the primary energy supply, received high praise, especially from environmentalists.
In 2000, when the program was launched, 6.6 percent of Germany’s electricity came from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Almost twenty years later, this share reached 41.1 percent in 2019.
Over the course of two decades, German citizens paid a heavy price for this policy implemented with the goal of “energy revolution”. The average cost of electricity for households in the country has doubled since 2000.
Snow hits renewable energy
As you know this year, Western Europe is experiencing the coldest days of the last decade. Many countries, including Germany, Britain and France, are facing a harsh cold. So to speak, “snow” wrecks everywhere.
As millions of solar panels in Germany are covered with snow and ice, the people of the country are having a very difficult time. Freezing weather rendered 30,000 wind turbines unusable. Not only wind turbines, but also solar panels under the snow became useless.
Germany has been the wind and sun capital of the world for many years. However, this year’s harsh winter conditions have strained Energiewende policy. Citizens in the country are clinging to “dirty” fossil fuels to keep warm. In other words, the people of the country are returning to the use of coal and natural gas.