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    didn't provide adequate information to conclude the 10,000 new megawatts of coal proposed for Germany is highly efficient, or can come on-line in 15 minutes  and thus serve as peaking plants.  There's no indication those 10 new coal fired power plants will even have CO2 recovery.

    The article also admits the new coal is getting built to replace nukes.

    The article's graphs also theorized that renewables, at peak, can supply 100% of Germany's energy needs, if only for a short time.

    I guess this means a zillion rooftop solar units, and a s--t pot of wind, and pumped storage that isn't built yet, to plug the holes in the energy supplies.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:32:49 PM PST

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    •  It's right there in the Bloomberg article. (1+ / 0-)
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      They're based on the same design as the one that just came online, which they go into the details of.  

      The "zillion rooftop solar units" thing is the same "proof-through-i-can't-picture-it" argument that nuclear-only nuts generally claim.  Sorry, but the plausibility is encapsulated in the costs.  Yeah, it's a huge cost and scale.  But so is any form of power to supply tens of millions of people dozens of kilowatt hours per day.

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