In the last post, I gave some basic numbers for the status of the transition to renewable sources of electricity in Europe, circa 2012. But what does that look like, in terms of actual month-to-month, day-to-day and hour-to-hour function of Germany’s electricity system?
Fortunately, the folks over at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) have provided us with detailed charts, in English, with data from the EEX Transparency Platform. A sample from page 59 is shown below:
This document clearly shows how solar has effectively met most of Germany’s daytime peak load during most months of the year, and how wind has complemented solar in the winter. Contrary to the claims of nuke and fossil fuel apologists, the sky has not fallen, and the grid is actually meeting demand better (and cheaper) with wind and solar.
It is true that the sun does not shine all…
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