I didn't know this was possible:
A price in the negative numbers? Not sure how that works.... but I guess it means that people trying to sell power instead find they can't even give it away.Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day.
So how did this happen? Easy: the Aussies are getting serious about solar, enough so that at times during the day in Queensland, over half the electricity used is coming from solar -- specifically, from rooftop solar! That means they will soon be free of plumes of crud belching into the atmosphere from coal-fired generators.
If they can do it...
Well, in the US corporations are trying to get the government to forbid people from being able to put their own power onto the grid, as a way to try to discourage solar -- they even want to charge people a monthly fee to be free of the grid (corporatism at its best). So there are hurdles, but the reward still beckons.
Where else could this be managed? Anywhere any JUBbers live? On the foggy, cloudy Oregon coast it doesn't seem workable, but just fifty miles east as the crow flies, it becomes a different matter, and another fifty miles it should be a slam-dunk!
Oh, the article:
And one with a graph!