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Germany Has So Much Renewable Energy That People Are Now Being Paid To Consume Electricity

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Germany managed to achieve a new milestone in terms of renewable energy generation this past Sunday. Around 1pm on a sunny and windy day, the biomass, hydro, solar and wind plants supplied almost 55GW out of the 63GW that was being used (or 87%). Interestingly, this led to a drop in prices so significant that they turned negative for a number of hours. This, in turn, meant that customers earned money for using the electricity.

The average renewable mix last year was 33%, according to the Agora Energiewende. As more wind comes in, that average renewable mix is expected to get higher. Christoph Podewils from Agora stated that the percentage of the average renewable mix continues to grow year over year. Over the years, the power system has been able to adapt to the varying percentage. Thus, this latest feat is yet another example of that.

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Critics continue to argue that the Sun will merely have a niche role when it comes to supply of power. This is because of the particular times when the Sun comes out and goes in. Germany seems to be intent on scoring 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. Interestingly, countries like Denmark have wind turbines that already produce more electricity than the country consumes. That is not all; it even exports surplus energy to places such as Sweden, Norway and Germany.

The power system in Germany still has a lot to achieve in order for energy suppliers to immediately respond to signals of pricing. Gas power plants may have been taken offline, but coal and nuclear plants cannot be immediately shut down. This is why they continued to run and industrial customers largely benefited from consuming the electricity.

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7 Comments to Germany Has So Much Renewable Energy That People Are Now Being Paid To Consume Electricity

  1. Mattias Lantz

    “countries like Denmark have wind turbines that already produce more electricity than the country consumes”

    This is not correct. There are times when the wind is more than what Denmark consumes, but the yearly average is about 30 percent of the total need. And they do not turn off the coal power entirely when they have surplus wind.

  2. So much renewable energy supported by about 60 thousand megawatts of fossil fuel generating capacity. Renewables like wind and solar are failures. It’s high time people support the best form of energy, fission.

    • Sergej Mahnovski

      The best way to judge a country’s energy policy is by looking at CO2 emissions. Germany’s CO2 emissions are flat, unlike every other country in Europe where they are going down. I wonder why that is?

      • jolger schneider

        Bullshit. The best way to judge a country’s energy policy is by looking at the energy prices. Germany’s energy prices are going through the roof.

  3. Doesn’t it strike you as kind of stupid to build a system that forces the utilitities to pay folk to take their power? Why are they generating it in the first place if they have to lose money on it?
    Yes, I know, THEY aren’t losing money, it is the poor taxpayer that has to pay for that stupidity.

  4. Mr. khalid alawadat

    why I can’t understand this report?
    in this case they will pay for plants owners and consumers, but if they shutdown or reduced the load of renewable energy plants, they will just pay to plants owners!!

  5. No one was paid to use electricity. When there is such a great surplus, consumers are paid for the excess energy they have not consumed, not for what they did consume.

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