Thursday, March 28, 2013

German, U.K., Emissions rise in 2012 - faster than economy, slower than output from renewables

The effort not to connect these stories will be far greater than my effort in posting them.
Coincidence is not causation, but these are expected connections as the question of how many renewable generators can be constructed is entirely unrelated to the question of how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Record year for Scottish renewables | The Scottish Government
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has welcomed new figures showing 2012 was a record year for renewables generation in Scotland ...
UK's CO2 emissions up 4.5% in 2012 | The Guardian
The UK's emissions of climate-warming gases surged in 2012 as cheapcoal replaced gas in power stations, official data revealed on Thursday.
However, 2012 was a record year for renewable energy in Scotland, which produced enough electricity to power all of its homes.
Low Temperatures: In 2012 Germany’s Energy Consumption Grows Faster Than the Economy | German Energy Blog
The Working Group on Energy Balances (AGEB) has recently published a detailed report regarding the energy consumption in 2012 in Germany. Primary energy consumption increased by 0.9%, while overall economic growth was 0.7%.
These articles note cold weather - something that will also probably impact 2013 as the U.K. is experiencing it's coldest March in 50 years, and parts of Germany possibly having the coldest March since it started keeping records.
It's as if the plan was for local warming to cancel out the increased use of coal-fired generation of electricity

Gas keeps struggling to stay in merit order in Germany, Spain and the UK – IEA analyst | Gas to Power Journal
Natural gas fired power plants will continue to face severe difficulties to stay in the merit order in competitive OECD Europe power markets in such as Spain, Germany and the UK, as dispatch of coal plants stays more economic at current fuel and carbon emission prices, Dennis Volk, gas and power market analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.

"Under current market conditions, gas-fired plants have no longer a big role to play in much of OECD Europe ..."

"Although they are still operated in a flexible, load-following mode in the UK and Spain under normal supply conditions; in Germany, however, they have lost out against cheaper lignite and hard coal plants and are almost not running anymore, while most flexibility is provided by water and biomass," he said.
See also, from my original content blog:
A(nother) reason to be skeptical about wind energy reducing emissions | March 24, 2013

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