Are saying that the official data given by our Federal Office of Statistics are wrong????
Quote:Sudden fluctuations in Germany's power grid are causing major damage to a number of industrial companies. While many of them have responded by getting their own power generators and regulators to help minimize the risks, they warn that companies might be forced to leave if the government doesn't deal with the issues fast
Might be. But the electricity companies (and the taxman) like it ....
I wonder where they think they'll go.
there are many EU nations that can manage to run a stable electric grid
really? I suppose if they were willing to travel north that might be possible. maybe.
France’s aging power grid could possibly fail. The power grid in France is already at the edge of failure, experiencing higher-than-usual electricity demand, especially in the winter [read: electric heating].
France's grid operator RTE plans to invest EUR 15 billion ($19 billion) on the nation's grid by 2020, and a further EUR 20 billion by 2030 with the present energy mix. However, it says that EUR 50 billion would be required by 2030 if the government decides to reduce nuclear share from 75% to 50% of supply and replace this with renewables. Either way, the grid investments are needed to improve security of supply and accommodate rising renewable power capacity.
big time sellers of electric to others EU nations including the oh so green Germany?
France is north of Germany
France is north of Germany
This is as right as anything you've posted.
France is north of Germany with all their nuclear power stations that allowed them to be big time sellers of electric to others EU nations including the oh so green Germany?
I beg your pardon? Perhaps you have a look at a map?
As of 2012, France's electricity price to household customers is the 7th cheapest amongst the 27 member European Union, and also the 7th cheapest to industrial consumers, with a rate of €0.14/kWh to households and €0.07/kWh to industrial consumers. France was the biggest energy exporter in the EU in 2012, exporting 45TWh of electricity to its neighbours. During very cold or hot periods demand routinely exceeds supply due to the lack of more flexible generating plants, and France needs to import electricity.
Électricité de France (EDF) — the country's main electricity generation and distribution company — manages the country's 59 nuclear power plants. EDF is substantially owned by the French Government, with around 85% shares in government hands.
n 2011 French electricity generation was 542 billion kWh net, and consumption was 478 billion kWh (down from 513 billion kWh in 2010 due to being a mild year) - about 6800 kWh per person. Winter demand varies by 2300 MWe per degree C. Over the last decade France has exported up to 70 billion kWh net each year and EdF expects exports to continue at 65-80 TWh/yr, principally to Switzerland and Italy, as well as to Germany, Belgium, Spain, and UK. In 2011, net export was 56 billion kWh.
France has 58 nuclear reactors operated by Electricite de France (EdF), with total capacity of over 63 GWe, supplying 421 billion kWh per year of electricity (net), 78% of the total generated there in 2011.
Total generating capacity (end 2011) is 126 GWe, including 25 GWe hydro, 28 GWe fossil fuel, 6.6 GWe wind and 2.2 GWe solar PV. Peak demand is about 100 GWe. In 2010 gross production was 429 billion kWh from nuclear, 68 from hydro, 27 from coal and 26 from natural gas, of total 573 billion kWh.
The present situation is due to the French government deciding in 1974, just after the first oil shock, to expand rapidly the country's nuclear power capacity, using Westinghouse technology. This decision was taken in the context of France having substantial heavy engineering expertise but few indigenous energy resources. Nuclear energy, with the fuel cost being a relatively small part of the overall cost, made good sense in minimising imports and achieving greater energy security.
As a result of the 1974 decision, France now claims a substantial level of energy independence and almost the lowest cost electricity in Europe. It also has an extremely low level of CO2 emissions per capita from electricity generation, since over 90% of its electricity is nuclear or hydro.
In mid 2010 a regular energy review of France by the International Energy Agency urged the country increasingly to take a strategic role as provider of low-cost, low-carbon base-load power for the whole of Europe rather than to concentrate on the energy independence which had driven policy since 1973.
Recent energy policy