Clean power supplied almost all of Germany’s power demand for the first time on Sunday 15.05.2016, marking a milestone for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” policy to boost renewables while phasing out nuclear and fossil fuels.
Solar and wind power peaked at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, allowing renewables to supply
45.5 GW as demand was 45.8 GW, according to provisional data by Agora
Energiewende, a research institute in Berlin. Power prices turned negative during several 15-minute periods yesterday, dropping as
low as minus 50 euros ($57) a MWh, according to data from Epex Spot.
Countries around Europe are building increasing
amounts of renewable capacity in order to reduce their carbon emissions and
boost supply security. Last year Denmark’s wind farms supplied 140 percent of
demand. [ren] In 2015, the average renewable mix in Germany was 33%. Germany plans to reach 100% of renewable energy by 2050. [emp]