As well as all the trouble about money, breakdowns in the economy and the exercise of power there is another nasty problem beyond the Euro.
It seems that the Germans are facing serious problems with their supply of electricity. The risks of major outages causing extensive disruption are becoming high and it is not just
An article in the Oil Drum site, “German Power Grids Becoming Increasingly Strained” discusses the issue in around 3000 words. It is worth checking out if only as a fast read.
On 4 November 2006 a German 380 kV line had to be temporarily disconnected. Due to insufficient coordination of protection systems a circuit tripped and started cascading outages.
The result was that the continental grid in
divided into three islands and about 17 GW load was shed. The case demonstrates
how a local event in
can turn into a widespread European disturbance. Germany
The link is:
There have been suggestions that in parts of the
the grids are becoming out
dated and need substantial renewal.
Also, it is possible that the new locations from which the power or its
source originates would require major upgrades to the grid connections. USA
With major outages in the
UK also being
forecast, what would a series of events like this occurring in both Britain and at the same time do? Germany
We could all learn to use much less.