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Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity

Critics of renewable energy say that renewables will never provide 100% of our energy needs. Germany is coming close after 87% of consumed power was supplied by the country’s renewable energy sources.

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On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.

Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.

Last year the average renewable mix was 33%, reports Agora Energiewende, a German clean energy think tank. New wind power coming online should push that even higher.

Read the rest at qz.com

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