Germany Just Produced So Much Renewable Energy That It Had To Pay People To Use It

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 22 Comments
photo credit: Whoosh! Good job, Germany. Jesus Keller/Shutterstock

photo credit: Whoosh! Good job, Germany. Jesus Keller/Shutterstock

By Robin Andrews | IFL Science

Electricity bills are often ludicrously high thanks to our energy-intensive modern world, but every now and then, thanks to the forces of nature, a metaphorical miracle takes place. As reported by Quartz, Germany just experienced such a phenomenon when a particularly bright and sunny day supercharged their solar and wind power sectors.

Around 1 p.m. on May 8, the nation’s renewable energy generating facilities were supplying around 55 gigawatts of the 63 gigawatts being consumed – about 87 percent of the total electricity consumption. With the addition of the country’s conventional power plants, the output actually exceeded the national demand. This energy surplus meant that, for a brief time, energy prices were actually negative, meaning consumers were effectively being paid to consume electricity.

A similar feat occurred in Denmark last year, when a terrifically windy day boosted their wind power sector so much that these turbines alone generated 140 percent of the nation’s electricity demand, with the excess energy being exported to Germany, Norway, and Sweden.

According to a United Nations report, Germany intends to be one of the frontrunners when it comes to renewable energy; it has pledged to be powered entirely by renewable energy sources by 2050, an ambitious feat to say the least. Days like May 8 serve to give this ambition genuine credibility.


Consumers were being paid to buy energy. Agora Energiewende 

A recent study suggested that all the pieces are in place for an energy revolution. Fossil fuels would be rejected, and renewable and nuclear energy would take over. A recent declaration by the International Energy Agency, that over a quarter of the world will be powered by renewable energy by 2020, seems to imply that this may be the case – as does the Paris climate change agreement, which can only be successfully implemented if fossil fuels are ditched in favor of renewables.


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  1. Ontario pays US states to take their surplus wind power, yet continues to commit billions to building more. Meanwhile electricity rates are triple what they should be. All for exactly nothing.

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  3. David Reeves David Reeves says:

    It’ll never happen in America

  4. The USA is one big capitalist monster that rapes the rights of free people all over the world and consumes and destroys all natural resources, secretive human abusers, corrupt to the core, Rothschild’s, rocker fellas the whole corporate political scheme, I feel sorry for the american people that there government has went rogue and underground. It affects the world especially Britain, were fucked too. They’ll never give us free energy because it releases the control, the cattle circle. Probably get shot for saying this.

  5. Mary Peters Mary Peters says:

    Yeah I think we should get the Hydro at a much slower rate specially with them wanting to take the natural gas away people will never be able to afford to even heat in the winter time anymore!

  6. Chris Wilks Chris Wilks says:

    Only certain homes not towns city’s or States our greedy govt would never let that happen

  7. Mimi Gal Mimi Gal says:

    Philippines Shocking History sana ganito din ang pinas

  8. Eileen Young Eileen Young says:

    I wouldn’t hold my breath!

  9. You can learn much good from others to do things better but many times it is ignored because of selfish agendas.

  10. Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell says:

    Denmark and Germany can do it. why can’t the USA? because our leaders are puppoets to big business no matter who nis in office the federal reserve runs this country with the top business families, when will nthe revolution begin?

  11. God bless Germany..

  12. Scott Stover Scott Stover says:

    Kinda funny because wind power is more expensive in Illinois they call it clean energy vs the cheaper dirty energy (coal?) Always a scam

  13. Because everyone’s a slave to the system

  14. Kris Vdv Kris Vdv says:

    sums up everything that’s wrong with shark ‘economic’ systems. The human and environmental cost are not a factor in the equasion. And the argument that renewable energy is insignificant is thereby also dismissed. Elementary math…

  15. I wonder what it would look like if the whole country was covered in windmills and solar panels and no room for anything else I think it would look like a garbage dump

  16. Ksandra Love Ksandra Love says:

    usa would never do this because it means less money being paid for electricity from it’s citizens

  17. Just a great shame the whole of the countryside is being wrecked with wind turbines . And they are not going to be able to produce enough energy for the electric cars that are coming down the road pretty soon!

  18. Kenny Reed Kenny Reed says:

    In 2013 coal made up about 45% of Germany’s electricity production (19% from hard coal and 26% from lignite).[14] German coal-fired power plants are being designed and modified so they can be increasingly flexible to support the fluctuations resulting from increased renewable energy.

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