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SEP 05, 2013 - The Economist

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Charlemagne: When the wind blows

SUNDAY June 16th this year was a Goldilocks sort of day across Germany, not too hot but not too cool, with bright sunshine and a reasonable offshore breeze. Just right for Germany’s solar panels and wind turbines to produce, at their peak, a record 60% of Germany’s electricity on a slow weekend. But France and Belgium also had lots of nuclear power that could not easily be cranked down. So for several hours, generating companies had to pay customers to take their surplus power.Negative wholesale prices have become more common as European countries turn to renewables—particularly Germany, ... Read More

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