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Record breaking wind energy in Europe: Germans got electricity for free

Independent 1st Nov 2017, Germany generated enough wind power at the weekend for consumers to get
free energy. So much was generated by wind turbines in weekend storms that
costs fell to below zero. Bloomberg reported that power prices turned
negative as wind output reached 39,409 megawatts on Saturday. To balance
supply and demand in this situation, energy producers close power stations
or pay consumers to take extra electricity from the network.

Ahead of the weekend, Bloomberg said it would be the first whole day this year that the
average price for electricity was negative, rather than just being negative
for a few hours. Wind Europe, which promotes wind power in Europe and
globally, said in a press release that European wind energy broke a new
record on 28 October.


November 3, 2017 - Posted by | Germany, renewable

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