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Energy prices are at zero to negative — but consumers aren't getting the benefits



And elsewhere around Europe, the economies of multiple countries are being affected by a peculiar issue - negative energy prices. But citizens won't see that reflected in their household bills. No, the near-zero to negative prices are for the wholesale market, which, by its own calculations, already broke the annual record in some countries for the most hours at negative rates. And the year isn't quite half over yet.

It's all being attributed to the massive investments in solar and wind power in recent years. One energy expert told Reuters recently it could be an indication that, quote, "success is consuming its own offspring." Now, that success doesn't necessarily mean European countries must stop their green revolution. But some say they may need to invest in more capacity for storage. And consumers should, too. So stock up on batteries and hope those energy savings trickle down. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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