“If you like me you’ll love Robert by the way, and he’s an actual scientist to boot, he deserves more readers.” I do like compliments, so thank you Nick Grealy (@ShaleGasExpert.) I don’t however like the bizarre piece this complement is contained in, which seems to imply that high gas prices have lowered wind farm output in Germany.
Germany has a lot wind generation as well, but wind, being wind, isn’t as reliable as the 20000 MW solar generator that reliably disappears and returns every day. Sometimes, it’s there, sometimes it’s not and depending on the time of day, wind generators can make a lot of money by NOT generating electricity. This of course goes to the heart of the issue, that energy can’t be stored, something most greens need a Duh! moment to understand. The result: expensive wind seems to be the co-victim of high gas prices, in some bizarre evil twin dynamic. The result:
Wind turbine output fell 10% to 22.4 TWh, while solar output was unchanged at 14.3 TWh. Hydro output rose 3% to 9.2 TWh, with nuclear output up 1.8% to 46 TWh.
If I was being polite I would call this bollocks, or perhaps bullshit for my American laymen readers. German wind farm output dropped by 10% because of the weather. And if expensive gas had something to do with it Grealy does not exactly go out of his way to provide evidence that it did. And while Grealy was tossing spurious claims about why did he not note the decline in German solar output? This was down 0.3% despite capacity growing from about 26 to 32 GW. Perhaps we can blame high gas prices for this, or simply the mundane fact that it has been remarkably dark in Germany this year. Grealy spends a lot of his time correcting a lot of the nonsense written about shale gas. However like many energy tribalists he has a bad habit reminiscent of a football fan shouting abuse at the opposite team from the terraces.
Bullshit, of course, is always bullshit.