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UK — Wind Energy firms paid £30 million a year to stand idle — Is there anything about the wind industry that isn’t absolutely insane?

Wind farms paid £30 million a year to stand idle because the grid can’t cope with all the energy they produce

  • Wind farms paid millions when National Grid is unable to use their energy
  • Last weekend alone energy firms were paid £3.1million to switch off

Nick McDermott — Daily Mail — August 9, 2013

Wind farms are being given around £30million a year in compensation to switch off or slow down their turbines because nearly half the electricity they make is not needed.

The cash, which comes from household bills, is paid when the National Grid is unable to cope with the extra power produced during high winds or periods of low demand.

Known as ‘balancing’, the arrangement is intended to compensate firms for energy they are unable to sell.

But as the number of wind farms grows, the rates have hit record levels. Firms are often paid more to turn off their giant turbines than for the electricity they produce.

Last weekend alone, householders handed £3.1million to energy firms for doing absolutely nothing as up to 30 wind farms were paid to switch off.

The energy that could have been produced between Friday and Sunday would have powered up to 12,000 homes for a year.

At one point, 40 per cent of all the wind energy set to be transmitted to the National Grid was instead discarded, with the loss being blamed on maintenance work and breezy conditions.

More than 95 per cent of payments to energy firms last Saturday were to constrain energy produced by wind farms in Scotland because there is limited network capacity between Scotland and the rest of Britain creating a bottleneck of supply.  Continue reading, here…..

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2 Comments on “UK — Wind Energy firms paid £30 million a year to stand idle — Is there anything about the wind industry that isn’t absolutely insane?”

  1. Dougal Quixote August 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Might have been an idea to build the network before the wind farm but that would have required grown up thinking (from Politicians?) Of course they could be like India and fine them from when they can’t supply! That would be fun!

    • Donna Quixote August 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Oh, that would be great wouldn’t it?

      “Hmmmm, you promised us this power on August 15, 2013. What? It’ll be delayed by a year? Well, we’ll just start adding up the daily penalties, now!”

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