Germany continues its transition torenewable energy to fight against climate change based on records. Months ago the European economic power registered an unusual figure when its alternative plants generated up to 87.6% of the entireelectricity that was consumed in the country. The potential of the sun and the wind was of such magnitude that, surprisingly, the price of electricity plummeted to negative values, which means that industrial consumers ended up charging for their energy consumption.
During Sunday noon the solar, wind, hydro and biomass power plants reached a historic milestone for the country that demonstrates the potential of ecological alternatives. According to the ‘think tank’ on energy policyAgora EnergiewendeAround one o'clock in the afternoon these sources generated 55 gigawatts of the 63 that were consumed around the territory.
In 2015,Germany It assumed its maximum share of green energy by producing 83% of the energy demanded in one day. On a sunny and windy day, alternative German plants can generate between 60% and 70% of the energy, but the numbers reached last Saturday had never been seen. The record was recorded on a Sunday, a day when citizen electricity consumption is lower. Still, the consumption was higher than the usual average. That, as assuredChristoph Podewils, spokesman for Agora, suggests that on a Sunday with lower records, 100% of the energy could have been produced.
The German energy system sets the final price of the bill depending on the energy production and the demand generated by the citizens. During the peak points of last Sunday, the production of clean energy was so abundant that conventional energy produced by polluting sources was “left over”. Energy overproduction caused prices to sink to the red.
The green third
But not all are good news. Translated in the markets, this record means that to sell shares of these electric companies on the stock market, shareholders had to pay instead of making a profit. The companies ofgas could close their plants, but not those ofCoal Ynuclear, less flexible than their competitors, who ended up losing money while industrial consumers from these sources benefited from it.
The country headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel is the main European benchmark in the transition to renewable energies, with 33% (one third) of its production already coming from these non-polluting sources. The environmental awareness of this nation is exemplified in recycling campaigns widely accepted among the population or pioneering initiatives such as Hamburg, which decided to stop buying plastic products with taxpayer money.
Photo: The German Lieberose solar plant, the second largest in the world, occupies 162 hectares southeast of Berlin.