Wind farms paid record sum not to produce electricity

The true cost of renewable energy is that it is still dependent on subsidies to be commercially viable. Despite all the claims of the activists and the lobbyists, there is no renewable energy that comes close to good old coal and gas. 

From the Telegraph (U.K.):

Wind farms paid record sum 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

Strong winds caused a spike in the amount of electricity produced by wind farms, leading to a “bottleneck” of energy leaving the network from Scotland Photo: Les Gibbon / Alamy

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.


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