GERMANY - Town Unconcerned with Energy Bills

Arno Froese

Europeans are opening their energy bills with trepidation these days, bracing for hefty price hikes as utility companies pass on the surging cost of natural gas, oil and electricity tied to Russia's war in Ukraine. Many are trying to conserve by turning down the heat and shutting off lights this winter. 

Not so the people of Feldheim, population 130. 

Located about an hour and a half south of Berlin, this modest but well-kept village has been energy self-sufficient for more than a decade. 

A bold experiment launched in the mid-1990s saw Feldheim erect a handful of wind turbines to provide electricity to the village. Then it built a local grid, solar panels, battery storage and more turbines. A biogas plant put up to keep piglets warm was expanded, providing extra income to the farmers’ cooperative, which pumps hot water through a village-wide central heating system. A hydrogen production facility is also under construction. 

While wind parks elsewhere in Germany often face opposition, including some economically depressed neighboring villages, Feldheim’s close-knit community approved so many turbines that it actually exports about 250 times as much electricity as it consumes. 

-abcnews.go.com, 29 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

This ABC News story has caught the attention of many around the world. What the article does not say, however, is the amount of government subsidies Feldheim receives. Regardless of hidden costs, this small village enjoys their own produced electricity, even selling it to neighboring areas. 

We find these developments quite interesting, because they highlight environmentalism being practiced not only in Germany, but also literally around the world. Mankind is desperate to harness alternative energy sources such as solar and wind, and by their actions are attempting to reverse climate change. Will they succeed? If yes, then mankind has reached another level of independence from God the Creator.  

Here we emphasize that in the end, all success stories will fade away; only what is built on the Rock of salvation will endure for eternity.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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