Posted on May 19, 2022
Written by Mark Defrenes and Samuel Forvary.
A balanced energy policy must rest on three pillars:
- supply security.
- healthy economy.
- environment protection.
This balance is at the heart of the work of WeCARE and the European Society of Engineers and Industrialists: promoting a reliable, affordable and clean energy mix for societal sustainability. This goes beyond the green dogma that has plagued the European energy debate for two decades, with Germany flying the green flag high.
Remember, it was Chancellor Angela Merkel who imposedenergya term meaning energy inversion, and translated by the European Commission as energy transition, a term that sounds more peaceful.
In 2005, she asked a road map To José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission at the time, for the European Union to also implementenergy. After successful reunification with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Barroso himself needed a roadmap to give meaning to his commission. So he acquiesced in the belief that this would be an opportunity to give new dynamism to European federalism. Almost all EU energy policies and measures emanate from this.
Where is Germany (and the European Union) today?
On the (clean) environment pillar, the combination of two decades of promoting and supporting intermittent renewables, with the phase-out of nuclear power, has not resulted in a commensurate reduction in CO2 emissions with the fiscal effort. In fact, the rush towards renewable energies has increased the inevitable gas rush from 60 to 94 TWh in twenty years. Loss !
On the economic (affordable) side, German citizens have paid €500 billion over 20 years to subsidize renewables. It averages 1,000 euros per family and per year. Moreover, in the European electricity market, since the price of electricity is determined by the last kilowatt-hour produced to meet demand, it is the price of gas – which replaces nuclear power in Germany (and soon in Belgium) that determines the price of electricity. We now see with alarm the societal suffering to which this policy has led, not only to German citizens, but also to citizens of other Member States. The case of France is typical: citizens have to pay more for electricity than would have been the case if nuclear costs had set the price of electricity in France. Loss !
On the (reliable) supply security pillar, Germany’s lack of geopolitical vision and expectations, the pursuit of its own interests (the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines), and its energy policy building on the green myths of Russian gas, have brought the European continent towards a major crisis that does not Its full results are still unexpected. Loss !
In conclusion, by not societal sustainability, failedenergy German language total. Germany’s green policy is not sustainable. It has now been proven.
Unfortunately, this does not seem to raise questions in the minds of German political leaders…or for that matter the European Commission.
Indeed, the REPowerEU letter dated May 18 did not mention the necessary important contribution that nuclear power (which produces a quarter of the EU’s electricity) must play in the current low-carbon energy mix, but also in the medium and long term … Even the Commission proposes to strengthen policy standard energy Promoting hydrogen that Germany was about to import … From Russia via Nord Stream gas pipelines, Gazprom boasted of developing a pyrolysis project that would allow carbon to be left in Russia and green gas to be sold to the Germans.
One had hoped that the European Commission would unite itself by watching the failure of its strategy, as the current crisis has revealed. We expected her to forever distance herself from failureenergy green and daring to reform the entire electricity system with the aim of making it socially sustainable. Electricity is a public good that must be managed under the strict supervision of the public authorities responsible for the welfare of citizens. While reflecting all system costs transparently, prices must be controlled by optimizing the energy mix…in which nuclear power must remain an important part.
If the EU is not in a position to tackle the problem in depth, member states will develop national approaches, which will pose a new danger to the union’s cohesion.