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European Energy Prices to Plummet Amid Solar Boom

Electricity prices across Europe are plummeting towards sub-zero levels this weekend as a surge of summer winds welcomes the peak season for wind power generation.

Data from Epex Spot SE on Saturday showed that energy prices are negative in nearly a dozen countries across the European continent, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the UK. Prices in the Netherlands are set to fall as low as -€73.76 per megawatt hour by Sunday afternoon.

Negative power prices are believed to be a result of a record number of solar panels being added to European homes last year, a move that helped to curb overinflated natural gas prices. For the first time this summer, the EU’s monthly solar power generation surpassed that of coal-powered electricity.

“Negative pricing is an important signal in the electricity system to incentivize flexibility and storage, which is critical to a modern-day electricity system,” Tom Haddon, a consultant at Arcadis LLP remarked. The influx of renewable energy consumption is helping to costs for grid operators while making it easier for them to keep the system in balance.

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