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Subject:  Re: Results of the power generation poll Date:  12/15/2018  12:58 PM
Author:  DrBob2 Number:  549225 of 571836

Wind farms will do just fine without subsidies in Germany and the USA.

Only few German wind turbines profitable after end of 20-year support payments
www.cleanenergywire.org/news/renewables-surcharge-said-fall-...
Operating wind turbines in Germany will only be profitable for a small fraction of the installations once their 20-year support period via the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) has ended, consultancy Energy Brainpool says in a white paper.

The first turbines in Germany will lose eligibility for support from the renewables surcharge that customers pay with their power bill in 2021 and “at the current [wholesale power] price level, only a few installations can be operated at a profit” after that due to maintenance costs, the consultancy says....

“Yield rates are too low to operate the bulk of installations at a profit,” the consultancy says, but adds that “a continued operation can become economically viable quickly” by the middle of the 2020s if the prices for electricity and carbon emissions rise accordingly.

DB2
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