We need to reorganize the energy taxes in order to redirect energy consumption
Over a broad range, the Danish energy taxes are of a high standard. It is not so much what I want to argue against here, FDM, Danish industry and other interest organizations will probably take care of that. No, I would rather try to focus on the distribution and the task of moving the consumption to environmentally friendly energy.
Most recently, we have seen a political agreement that, over a five-year period, makes electric cars as expensive to buy as petrol and diesel cars.
The electric car technology is currently not at a level where it can compete with traditional cars and therefore this new agreement close down the distribution of electric cars in DK. Now we just got started so well, hey!
When we speak cars/transport then we have to put the system together so that electric cars are cheaper to buy, maintain and drive. This is not the case today, not at all.
And if you look at where the largest part of the nasty stuff comes from, transport is the great sinner. Transport emissions account for a whopping 62% of our emissions, so stopping the electric car sales is much like an attempt to shoot your own foot off.
Before transport is based on electricity, hydrogen or other green energy source, we have not succeeded with much …
Then there are electricity taxes, PSOs and other taxes that cannot be calculated by ordinary people.
Again, we must have made a system that is much more simple and a system that moves our energy consumption from oil and gas to electricity.
Not because electricity today is CO2 free, because it is not, but it is electricity that in the long run becomes green energy source number 1.
And if we just make the comparison, then deduce 1 kilowatt hour (kwh) of electricity in environmental impact 2014, 299 grams. (listed from the different sources of electricity we have in DK)
1 kWh natural gas emits directly into the combustion: 362 grams.
1 kWh of coal per whole: 790 grams of co2 into the atmosphere.
Oil and coal today are the enormous environmental pigs and natural gas is also not the solution, as natural gas is also fossil. Preserved, natural gas is not as bad as oil and coal, but it is only an intermediate solution, on the way to CO2 neutrality.
The solution lies in the fact that we can make energy storage on a large scale so that we can save electricity from green, but unstable, energy sources in long enough time that we have a security for the supply.
Could we save electricity energy centrally/decentralized at a reasonable price and for a long time enough, then we are on our way.
Siemens has, among others, tried with energy storage for large scale, but there will be a need for us to secure us longer than 10 days and therefore there will be a need for other solutions in the long run.
It could be to make hydrogen from surplus power for energy storage and operation of cars. But we must have the long-term vision ready now because tomorrow is created today.
In addition, we must have the smart grid (the intelligent electricity grid) implemented, but this must also be supported by the public, even more so than it does today. Because if we can move our consumption to consume when the energy is cheap and in surplus, then we need less of the expensive energy storage.
It will be difficult to change people’s habits, but then we have to resort to technology again.
Software that itself finds out when it is optimal to heat the buffer tank for heating the house when to wash clothes and dry tumbles, ventilation can run more when the energy is cheap and less when the energy is expensive, etc.
Much we can innovate us out of and there is no doubt that we have to solve the problem because we cannot overlook the consequence of not.
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