Clean Energy Almost Met the Total Energy Requirements in Germany


German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” policy got a boost this weekend when almost the entire requirements of Germany’s power was met by clean energy. This policy was adopted to promote renewables and phase out use of fossil and nuclear fuels. According to data supplied by Agora Energiewende, a research institute in Berlin, the power supplied by the solar and wind sources was 45.5 gigawatts against a demand of 45.8 gigawatts at one particular point of time during the weekend. Later, the prices of power became negative dropping to as low as minus €50 ($57) a megawatt per hour. Germany has a strong export capability for its renewables. During the period when the supply from wind and solar peaked, conventional power plants were supplying 7.7 gigawatts.

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