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UK: Wind farms Paid Record Sums Not to Produce Electricity

Windy weather and low demand for electricity led to wind farm owners being paid a record amount to switch off turbines on Monday

Edward Malnick — The Telegraph — August 12, 2014

Wind farms were paid a record sum of almost £3 million in a single day this week not to produce electricity.

Strong winds amid the remnants of Hurricane Bertha left the electricity network unable to cope with the amount of energy being produced by turbines on Monday.

As a result National Grid paid owners £2.8 million to shut down their wind farms, at up to double the rate they would have received in subsidies had they actually generated electricity.

A further £1.1 million was given to other power stations to generate electricity to make up the shortfall created by shutting the wind farms down.
The money – detailed in figures provided by National Grid – will ultimately be added on to household bills and paid for by consumers.

Critics described the payments as “disturbingly high” and called for ministers to “rein in” the amounts being demanded by the wind industry.

Opponents of wind farms have warned that a “subsidy-driven” push for wind has outstripped the ability of the electricity network to cope with the energy produced by turbines, leaving the industry able to benefit from generous payments to shut down during windy weather.   Continue reading here….

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