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Renewable Germany

With renewable, energy Germany produces so much energy that the Germans are paid to consume

May 30th, 2016

Germany reached a new record in terms of renewable energy. As reported by the Daily Mail, on Sunday, May 8, thanks to a sunny and breezy day, the combination of solar energy and wind power, combined with the hydro and the biomass plants, was able to provide about 55 of the 63 gigawatts consumed in one hour in the whole country. That is 87% of national demand. As a result, for several hours, energy prices have fallen so much that became negative, allowing customers to actually be paid to consume electricity.

Last year, as pointed out by Agora Energiewende, the average consumption of renewable energy was 33% of the total. This new wave of consumption could raise the bar significantly. "We have a use of renewable energy increasing every year. The system has adapted it quite easily. This shows that a system based on large amounts of renewable works" said Christoph Podewils of Agora. Although there are conflicting opinions and doubts on the constant reliability of solar and wind power, the goal of Germany is to achieve a total energy system based on renewable sources by 2050. The idea is to copy Denmark, where wind turbines produce more electricity than it consumes, making it possible to export it to the neighboring Germany, Norway and Sweden.

What impact did the use of renewable energy have to the community? Citizens claim that it not only protects the environment but, thanks to the independence from big cartels and market fluctuations, can control the price of self-produced energy - cheaper even than the best offerings of German companies - and even to resell a substantial percentage. In this way, the private investments made by the owners of Photovoltaiks should be amortized within a few years. The renewable energy, finally, has created at least 35 jobs and it has allowed Germany to travel on the rails of full employment: more technicians are urgently needed for the solar and wind engines, as well as contributors to the biogas plant and the steel industry that has opened its doors to innovation because of the low cost of energy.


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