Speaking of dirty fuel –
Germany was forced on Wednesday to draw on its reserves for producing electricity for the second time this winter as Europe is gripped by a severe cold snap.
The country’s four main power operators requested the reserve generator at a coal-powered plant in southern Germany and two plants in Austria be activated, the regional environment ministry in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.
The power station in Germany, in the southern city of Mannheim, would continue to be used Thursday, a spokesman said.
“We do not have a problem of supply, of quantity, it’s principally a question of stabilizing the network,” a spokeswoman for the Germany electricity market regulator said.
Germany also had to tap its reserves in early December. The system was set up in August to avoid shortages and stabilize the network for the country’s winter power provision. Read more:
“Stabilizing the network” because their wind farms weren’t up to it and because of anti-nuclear policies. But coal is the answer and we guess oil sands oil is too dirty. Sigh.
Further reading – Do we want this here?