Wednesday, May 28, 2014


The controversial Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has posted a translsation of an article from Germany's DIE Welt.
The article could, and I think should, have noted Germany has controlled a decline in solar panel growth with a regression scheme added to its solar feed-in tariff (FIT) a couple of years ago.  Solar growth is now in the desired range (significantly down from its peak);t the real test for more permanent jobs comes when the FIT is eliminated altogether.

...researchers do not expect that the production of high quality green energy systems will still lead to a job boom in Germany. For this year and the next they expect a further decline in employment instead. Thereafter, low-tech sectors such as “operation and maintenance” as well as the supply of biomass fuels are expected to „stabilise the employment effect”.
„A few years ago the renewable sector was the job miracle in Germany, now nothing is left of all of that,” said the deputy leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Oliver Krischer.
The report by the Federal Government explicitly estimates only the „gross employment“ created primarily by green subsidies. The same subsidies, however, have led to rising costs and job losses in many other areas, such as heavy industry and commerce as well as conventional power plant operators. For a net analysis, the number of jobs that have been prevented or destroyed as a result would have to be deducted from the gross number of green jobs.
Official figures for the net effect of renewables on employment in Germany were originally supposed to be presented in July, according to the Federal Economics Ministry. However, the presentation has now been delayed until the autumn.
read the full GWPF translation of the Die Welt article


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