Renewable Energy is a Blackout Risk After Blackout

By Helen Cahill For The Mail On Sunday – Re-Blogged From This is Money

  •  Company has downplayed the role of wind energy in the power cut
  • In April a study warned renewable power sources could risk network’s ‘stability’ 
  •  Half UK’s power generated from wind at one point on the day the power failed

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‘Homemade’ Electricity Is Catching On In Germany

By Mathilde Richter – Re-Blogged From Business Insider

Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany’s southern city of Freiburg — “cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection”.

Like a growing number of German small businesses, home-owners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for energy self-sufficiency.

Of the about 600 terawatt hours Germany consumes each year, 50 TWh are self-produced — about eight percent of the total — in a trend that has seen solar panels installed on home roofs and gas plants set up in factories.

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