“Don’t allow negative power prices – push out coal”
When power prices linger below zero for six hours or more, wind turbines larger than 3 megawatts in capacity don’t receive any remuneration. This could become a problem for wind farm operators when more hours with negative prices occur after a possible split of the German-Austrian electricity price zone, Nicole Weinhold writes in a commentary for Erneuerbare Energien. The times when power prices fall below zero could also increase because of the oversupply with electricity. “The government has to finally decide to phase-out coal power,” Weinhold says.
Read the op-ed in German here.
Read a CLEW factsheet on negative power prices.