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UK: Wind Companies cash in, reaping huge profits while families suffer blackouts

“In the past two weeks, as householders suffered power cuts, wind farms were paid £4.8million to switch off their turbines.”

Energy firms cash in on storms by leaving wind turbines idle as some power companies boost takings by a THIRD

Sam Greenhill, Rebecca Evans, Tim Shipman — Daily Mail (UK) — December 31, 2013

  • Figure for Christmas Eve and Day alone – at height of crisis – was £1.2million
  • Wind farms are paid to shut down turbines during gusty weather
  • Britain is braced for another battering of gales and rain over New Year

Energy firms reaped huge profits from their wind farms during the recent storms while families suffered Christmas blackouts.

Some power companies boosted their takings by nearly a third. The figure for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone – at the height of the crisis – was £1.2million.

This is because wind farms are paid to shut down their turbines during gusty weather – and they are paid even more to close them down than they are to run them normally.

The revelation came as Britain braced itself for another battering of gales and torrential rain today and tomorrow.

New Year’s Eve revellers could find their celebrations disrupted and there are fears that more homes and businesses could be flooded as rain falls on already saturated ground and swollen rivers.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has demanded a crisis meeting next week with power company bosses amid growing public fury at the slow response of firms in reconnecting the tens of thousands left in the dark after the storms.  Read full article here…..

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