Keeping Standby German Coal Plants Is Too Costly, Says Operator

Ha, ha – here we go. Anything on standby is costly by definition. You know what? Switch them off and dismantle them. Take this cost element away and see what happens. That’s not going to be comfortable you say? Someone will have to provide the balancing energy for all the times when the sun and wind don’t deliver what we need. That’s the true price of intermittent energy. You either pay for the backup or you pay through being cold, dark, and miserable. We seem to have thought that we would be able to retain our coddled lifestyles while switching off everything that keeps us this way. That was foolish. So, I dare you. Switch all coal plants off and dismantle them so they cannot easily be switched on again. I will get myself a glass of wine in the meantime. 

BNN Bloomberg BNN Bloomberg

LinkedIn Thread