While Germany garners positive press about its renewable energy the media does not cover what Germany is doing to its neighbors on the electric grid. Engineers at California's grid manager, CAISO, report that engineers from Belgium, Poland, and other neighboring countries are experiencing all sorts of problems as Germany turns on its various plants without regard to scheduling interconnections. http://www.climatechangenews.com/2016/03/17/why-ge...
The result is voltage spikes and instability of the grid. It's the reason that California won't go hog-wild on (intermittent) renewables. Fortunately the engineers at CAISO don't take their marching orders from politically correct politicians.
It is also why reducing global warming through Kate Sears' Marin Clean Energy is not a simple solution, and why MCE actually increases grid instability and decreases electric reliability. For instance, MCE's ramp-up of clean energy at one location -- its solar farm at Buck Center in Novato constructed by nuclear power company Électricité de France -- means CAISO may have to ramp-up generation from a gas-fired power plant at another location -- Pittsburg -- to keep the electric grid in balance.
Of course MCE never includes those additional CO2 emissions from the ramped-up gas-fired power plant in its clean energy emission rates, which is another example of how MCE misleads consumers (and itself?).