Being Paid to Use Renewable Energy? That's What Happened In This Country...

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With an aim to be 100% renewable energy by 2050, Germany has stored up so much that it is paying its people to use it!

On May 8—a particularly sunny and windy day—Germany’s renewable energy mix of solarwind, hydropower andbiomass generated so much power that it met 88 percent of the country’s total electricity demand, or 55 GW out of 63 GW being consumed.

This mean, “power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.”

Every year, there renewable energy is growing. Germany, the fourth largest economy in the world, is one of the global leaders of clean energy as it attempts to phase out fossil fuels. So there goal isn't too far fetched!

Renewables supplied nearly 33 percent of German electricity in 2015, according to Agora Energiewende. To compare, the U.S. receives around 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Osha Gray Davidson, author of Clean Break, a book about Germany’s transition to carbon-free energy, said that Germany is a model for the U.S., “because manufacturing accounts for much more of the German economy than the American economy and they have 80 million people—much larger than a country like Denmark, which gets more of its power from renewables but has a much smaller industrial base and has a population of five and a half million people.”

In addition to growing there renewable energy, they hope to slash carbon emissions by 40 percent in 2020 and by 80 to 95 percent in comparison with 1990 levels by 2050.

Seems to me, that Germany has something we could all learn from!

Source: My Science Academy

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