Germany Now Produces So Much Renewable Energy They're Paying People To Use It

Germany has been at the forefront of producing renewable energy for a few years now. It is no exception that on Sunday, May 8th they produced a record breaking amount of electricity. 
The solar, biomass, hydro and wind power plants were producing a whopping 87% of the country's energy. This was largely due to a perfect combination of sunshine and high wind speeds. This output was so incredible causing electricity prices to plummet. This was fantastic news for many commercial companies who get paid from the overproduction of energy.

With the upcoming introduction of a new wind power plant, it is estimated, according to Agora Energiewende, that Germany's average renewable mix could substantially rise from the 33% produced last year. “We have a greater share of renewable energy every year,” said Christoph Podewils of Agora. “The power system adapted to this quite nicely. This day shows again that a system with large amounts of renewable energy works fine.” 

In the past it has been argued that renewable energy cannot fully sustain a village, town or even a city. The unpredictability of the weather has been an important factor when trying to determine this. However, it seems that this theory is being proven wrong. Germany hopes to be 100% renewable by 2050. This is fantastic news and it is hoped that with increased improvements in technology it will be much more simple and easy to make the switch from nuclear and coal energy, which at present is still unable to shut down quickly to reap any financial benefit from the renewable energy surplus.

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