Consumers last night paid to power consumption


Grootverbruikers vannacht betaald om stroom te verbruiken

The last night, there was so much electricity available on the net that large users for a few hours were paid to power consumption. The strange situation is increasingly common.

The wind turbines delivered last night, not a lot of power, and six of the seven nuclear power plants were available. Therefore, there was more electricity generated than needed. But electricity on a large scale to save is currently not possible, and the plants for such a short period of time off is also cumbersome. So ‘dumping’ the producers the power that they have at this moment in time to create.

This ensures that the prices in the wholesale market during the night at certain points below zero are dropped. Simply stated: consumers who were willing at that moment extra power to buy, got our money in place of that they had to pay. The price fluctuated between 39 cents and 4,59 euro per reduced MWh, according to the data of wholesale market Epex.

Large-scale consumers

Especially the large companies, for example, from the field of chemistry, who at that moment may commit to additional power consumption. But because there on a Sunday night, very few companies are open, had the prices to below zero pockets for them to be able to convince.

Households’t notice

Individuals may not make purchases on the wholesale market: households have an ongoing contract with a certain energy supplier. The impact of one particular household is too small to be on the wholesale market to influence.


The image of last night is a strong contrast with the past months. Last autumn turned our country on just one nuclear power plant. The stroomprijzen on Epex piekten when above 500 euros per MWh. Also, households are thus spared.

‘Increasingly often’

An oversupply, causing prices to below zero pockets, will be more and more, says energy entrepreneur André Jurres. According to have done it now for 30 days per year. “Both nuclear energy as wind turbines are not flexible. Nuclear power plants cost too much to convert, ” says the founder of Essent and NPG Energy, today CEO of Volt Energy.

Negative stroomprijzen are a bad thing, according to the energiespecialist. ‘It shows that the market is not in equilibrium, that the system on the attack’. Yet there is also a good side to the case. ‘For the government and the sector, this is a signal that there is a need for other solutions. We have flexible power plants necessary, in a transitional phase-fired gas plants’.