Sunday, 2 October 2011

Negative Electricity Prices in Germany

For BSUS 6600 students, here and here are interesting stories on how Germany's push for more renewable energy is actually generating negative electricity prices. Renewable energy gets priority access to the grid, so on days when the wind blows and the sun shines fossil fuel powered plants are stopped from running at full capacity to make way for the electricity being generated with renewables.

"The 15 mile-per-hour winds that buffeted northern Germany on July 24 caused the nation’s 21,600 windmills to generate so much power that utilities such as EON AG and RWE AG (RWE) had to pay consumers to take it off the grid."

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