During the holidays, Germany paid for its citizens to spend electricity.
During festive days, Christmas and New Year, in Germany it was unusually warm, so electricity consumption was low. Many Germans spent their holidays mostly outside their houses, often on skis or beaches abroad, and most of the factories did not work.
As a result, demand for electricity dropped, and production was at the same time large. Experts explain that switching the system of renewable sources out of the network is more expensive than the transient lowering of electricity. Economic portals state that this kind of gesture is not unusual for countries that are rapidly developing renewable energy sources. Over the past few decades, Germany recorded investments around 200 billion euros, mostly in wind and solar energy.