Record payout for big wind – for generating nothing

Record payout for big wind – for generating nothing

Ardrossan wind farm in North Ayrshire, Scotland Credit: treehugger.com

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“A record £4.8m was paid to wind farm operators in the space of one day, for switching off turbines when it became too windy.

More than 60 farms — most in Scotland — were compensated after electricity supply outstripped demand on October 8. The bonanza far exceeded the previous reported record of £3.1m, sparking fresh criticism of the Scottish government’s headlong rush towards green energy.

In exceptionally windy conditions, the National Grid cannot cope with the extra energy turbines produce, so firms receive “constraint payments” to shut down. Although most wind power comes from Scotland, households across Britain are funding the payments through their electricity bills.”

Source: The Times

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October 28, 2018 at 01:53PM

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