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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Germany to charge fee for off-grid electricity

Deutsche Welle, 10 February 2014

The German government has proposed a new fee that will affect companies generating their own electrictiy. Critics say the fees will drive companies away from renewables altogether.

Trucks rumble in and out of Robert Widdig's asphalt manufacturing plant in Bornheim, just south of the German city of Cologne. The cargo they are carrying is steaming hot and the air hangs thick with the smell of black road tar.

"We have to keep three big cylinders of road tar at 180 degrees Celsius from morning to mid-afternoon," the plant owner explains. "That takes a lot of electricity."

So, Widdig installed nearly 900 solar panels on the roof of one of his storage factories, in order to meet his energy needs and keep his costs down. The panels feed electricity straight into the production plant.

"It's been a great way to save some money," he says, adding that producing his own energy is particularly good because electricity prices in Germany are constantly rising.

Industry versus government

As part of Germany's transition to renewable energy, the government has been investing in renewables initiatives across the country. This includes subsidies for solar electricity projects and offshore windfarms.

Sigmar Gabriel has plans to change
the way self-producers pay for power
The transistion is financed in part through a surcharge of 6.2 eurocents ($0.084) per kilowatt hour of standard electricity from the existing power grid. For the average German family, that means about 200 euros a year.

But more cash is needed to make the transistion happen and the newest proposal is that companies and individuals who produce their own energy also pay a fee. The plan was put forward by Germany's new Economics and Energy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel.

If the plan is approved, businesses which have their own solar grid or wind systems larger than 10 kilowatts will pay a one cent surcharge on the power they generate. Newly installed on-site power systems will be hit with the full 6.24 euro cent surcharge, whether they are powered by fossil fuels or alternative energy.

Ralph Schneider from Priosol Energy Investments, an alternative energy producer based in Munich, says he is not surprised by the developments.

"These days more and more clients are becoming independent, and are leaving the big utilities," Schneider says. "I've spoken with these energy companies and they are worried."

Schneider says that the surcharge is a government concession to big energy companies, which have wrestled with the transition to renewables.

More companies in Germany are
 installing solar panels to serve their
DW contacted the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, to ask if the surcharge on independent energy production was connected to the loss of clients for major utilities. There was no response at the time this article was published.

Industry consequences

Despite considerable competition from China, Germany's solar industry remains a world leaders in renewables. But, renewables experts are undecided about the new plans from the government.

Schneider says he finds it "highly interesting" that offshore wind farms are getting large amounts of investment while decentralized options like on-site solar systems are being hit with a new charge.

He argues that on-site solar facilities take the load off the power grid, and makes more renewable energy available. This is an opinion shared by Milan Nitzschke, from Germany's biggest solar cell producer, Solar World.

"This will be a really tough hit for the solar industry here in Germany if this goes ahead," Nitzschke told DW in an interview. "This surcharge targets exactly the sort of consumers that we produce for."

Uncertain future

Robert Widdig has installed 896
solar panels
The surcharge is not expected to affect private homeowners with small on-site systems. Germany's Economics and Energy Ministry has recently set up a hotline for consumers who want more information about the surcharge and how it will affect them.

For Robert Widdig, the future of renewable energy at his asphalt plant depends on what the government decides to do. He has decided not to install more solar panels, unless it continues to be a sound investment.

"But only if Mr. Gabriel can be convinced to drop this surcharge," he says.

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