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Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe 226

New submitter Forty Two Tenfold writes "Electricity prices across Europe dropped last month as mild temperatures, strong winds and stormy weather produced wind power records in Germany, France and the UK, according to data released by Platts. The price decline was more marked in Germany, where the average day-ahead baseload price in December fell 10% month over month to €35.71/MWh. On a daily basis, December was a month of extremes for Germany, with day-ahead base prices closing on December 10 and 11 at less than €60/MWh – the highest over-the-counter levels seen all year – only to fall to its lowest level December 24 to €0.50/MWh."
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Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe

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  • Re:bfd (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 11, 2014 @06:51PM (#45928613)
    Considering that money is not going to subsidize some Arab regime, does not add carbon to the atmosphere, and does not use up a non-renewable resource, I'd say it's a great deal. More, please.
  • by Koby77 ( 992785 ) on Saturday January 11, 2014 @09:05PM (#45929261)
    I suppose I'm considering a longer term buying and usage scale. The article mentions the high prices were December 11th, and the low prices were December 24th. It is concerning to me that my appliances might not operate for 13 days at a time until the price drops again. Certainly price aware appliances are a good idea, and could be combined with a battery or storage mechanism. But ideally I want to buy electricity at 0.50 euros/MWh, store it and ignore high prices while I continue to use my appliances at arbitrary times, buy additional electricity when the price falls again, and then laugh at anyone who paid 35 euros/MWh because they got their electricity from conventional generation while mine was generated and stored from renewable.
  • Re:bfd (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tragedy ( 27079 ) on Saturday January 11, 2014 @10:38PM (#45929735)

    Not sure what you are thinking or if you're confused about units, etc.

    I'm pretty sure the poster was dividing 35.71 by 1000 to get KWh price and getting .3571 rather than .03571. Then they said "47 cents per KWh!? That's 3X our residential price!". Fairly simple, and easy, mistake to make when working with with one set that scales by 1000 (kilo, mega, giga, etc.) and another item that scales by 100 (dollars to cents).

Heuristics are bug ridden by definition. If they didn't have bugs, then they'd be algorithms.