The International Energy Agency (IEA), a group of unelected bureaucrats issued a strong report last May telling the OECD member-countries and all other countries around the world to stop investing in oil, gas, coal anymore, starting this year -- to "save the planet." See IEA flip-flops in report #1 vs report #s 2, 3 and 4 below (to save Europe from blackouts, save themselves and their double talk).
(1) Net Zero by
2050 A Roadmap for the Global Energy
Sector (224 pages)
May 18, 2021
(On page 20 -- no new coal plants, no new oil and gas fields this year 2021; by 2030 phaseout of all coal power plants in rich countries, by 2040 phaseout of all other coal plants even in poor countries.)
(2) IEA urges Opec to
increase oil production
Izabella Kaminska MAY 20 2011
The International Energy Agency urged the Opec oil cartel to step up output, saying there was a “clear, urgent need for additional supplies”.
(3) Oil Markets Baffled As The IEA Calls For More Production
By Cyril Widdershoven - Jun 13, 2021, 6:00 PM CDT
In its latest Monthly Oil Report, the IEA called on OPEC+ to increase production in order to counter higher demand in 2022.
… after its shocking Net-Zero by 2050 report called for no more investments in oil and gas, stated that “OPEC+ needs to open the taps to keep the world oil markets adequately supplied”. At the same time, the IEA has also reiterated that market realities are at odds with its proposed strategies to reach net zero-emission levels by 2050.
(4) IEA urges Russia
to ramp up gas supply to Europe
More could be done to fill storage sites ahead of winter heating season, says energy body
David Sheppard in London, Max Seddon in Moscow and Nastassia Astrasheuskaya in Dushanbe September 22, 2021
members of parliament have called for an investigation into Gazprom, Russia’s
state-backed monopoly exporter of pipeline gas. Foreign officials and traders
have questioned why the company has limited top-up sales in the spot market to
Europe, saying that this has fuelled a surge in prices that is raising
household bills and threatening industries across the continent.
About Gas Prices, Biden Wants OPEC+ To Produce More Oil
David Blackmon Aug 12, 2021,09:23am EDT
U.S. President Joe
Biden issued a request on Wednesday to OPEC+ leaders, urging them to ...
produce more oil? Really? Just one day after the U.S. Senate voted to approve a
massive $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill loaded up with incentives,
mandates, subsidies and slush funds designed to stimulate the buildout of
electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy in the U.S., the President wants
the rest of the world to pump more oil.
Below, Germany power generation. See low wind onshore and offshore output starting late May 2021 to present except mid-August. It's still the conventionals -- coal, nuke, gas -- that save Germany from large-scale blackouts and deindustrialization.
Then some reports of blackout or near-blackouts in Germany, Europe:
(1) European Power
Grid Narrowly Misses Widespread Blackout As Frequency Drops Suddenly
By P Gosselin on 10. January 2021
A European power grid disturbance occurred at around 2 p.m. according to the Austrian Power Grid (APG). The normal frequency for Europe is 50 Hz and on Friday afternoon it dropped sharply to 49.75 Hz.
“A larger supply area must have broken away,” blackout expert Herbert Saurugg told futurezone.
(2) Last-Ditch Effort:
Germany Weighs Electricity Rationing Scheme To Stabilize Its Now Shaky Green
By P Gosselin on 19. January 2021
Germany’s Economics Minister Peter Altmaier presented a draft law that would allow electric utilities “to temporarily cut off the charging power for e-cars when there is once again too little electricity available”, an idea known as “peak smoothing”.
“Shutdowns due to power shortages have been practiced for some time. Aluminum smelters, for example, have to put up with having their power cut off for limited periods of time,” reports Tichys Einblick. “These, like refrigerated storage facilities, consume great amounts. It’s a dangerous game because after three hours the molten metal has solidified and the factory is ruined.”
(3) Green Folly:
Berlin’s City E-Buses Leave Passengers Out In The Cold…Diesel Buses To The
By P Gosselin on 17. February 2021
The Berliner Morgenpost reported some of the green electric buses operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) had been taken out service due to range problems in the extremely cold weather. Up to 23 electric buses had to be replaced by diesel-powered buses last Monday. Ultimately the German capital plans to convert its entire fleet to electric by 2030.
(4) Germany’s ‘Green’
Energy Failure: Germany turns back to coal and natural gas as millions of its
solar panels are blanketed in snow and ice
Laurie Foti Feb 12, 2021
Sun and wind can’t afford it. Now, we’re replacing it completely with black ones (dirty fossil fuels – emphasis ours).
Professor Harald Schwarz: The guaranteed output of wind energy and photovoltaics is between zero, two, or three percent. So de-facto is zero. You can see that what we have days in the year where there is neither wind.”
(5) This is why we have the most expensive electricity in the world
Deshalb haben wir den teuersten Strom der Welt
Veröffentlicht am Februar 18, 2021
(6) Germany has the highest electricity price in an international comparison
Strompreis im internationalen Vergleich
Veröffentlicht am April 4, 2021
Land Preis pro KWh in € %
Deutschland 0,33 100,0
Bermuda 0,31 94,9
Dänemark 0,29 87,2
Belgien, Portugal 0,27 82,1
Irland, Japan 0,25 74,4
Großbritanien, Italien 0,23 69,2
Australien, Österreich, Tschechien 0,21 64,1
Niederlande, Spanien 0,20 61,5
Belize, Griechenland, Schweiz 0,19 59,0
Frankreich 0,19 56,4
Slowakei, Slowenien 0,18 53,8
Kenia, Niederlande, Peru, Polen 0,17 51,3
Finnland, Rumäniem 0,16 48,7
Estland, Schweden 0,15 46,2
Israel 0,14 43,6
Malta 0,14 41,0
Brasilien, Honkong, USA 0,13 38,5
Island 0,12 35,9
Südafrika 0,11 33,3
Südkorea 0,10 30,8
Kanada 0,09 28,2
Norwegen 0,08 25,6
China, Indien 0,07 20,5
Russland 0,05 15,4.
(Related data, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/263492/electricity-prices-in-selected-countries/)
(7) Electricity prices reach new record
Published September 9, 2021
Coal tops wind as primary electricity source
In the first half of 2021, coal shot up as the biggest contributor to Germany's electric grid, while wind power dropped to its lowest level since 2018. Officials say the weather is partly to blame.
September 13, 2021
In total, conventional energy sources — including coal, natural gas and nuclear energy — comprised 56% of the total electricity fed into Germany's grid in the first half of 2021.
Power Prices & Blackouts Hit Germany
By Paul Homewood SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
The Germans have broken a record again.
Drastically increased wholesale prices and expensive emission rights are
driving electricity prices in Germany to ever new record levels. In addition,
of course, there are also high taxes and levies for renewable energies and the
network charges, which we have already listed in our article “This is why we
have the most expensive electricity in the world”.
Energy 152, BWorld Insights on RE and Nuclear; Global news on renewed coal, gas demand, August 26, 2021
Energy 153, High natgas and coal prices, September 10, 2021