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Germans Use So Much Wind Energy, Their Power Prices Went Negative


Without having proper storage on the electrical grid for renewable energy, there’s been an recurring issue of generating too much of it. For example, last year, California had too much power from solar energy and needed to pay neighboring states to use it. Something similar happened over Christmas day in Germany.

How did this happen? On Christmas Eve and early into the next day, consumers made up to $60 US per megawatt-hour to use energy. These negative rates occur when too much power is generated from renewables and there’s a low demand for it.