UK wind farms paid to stop producing

The UK Telegraph has reported that UK wind farms have been paid a record £43 million to switch off turbines this year. The wind farms are paid for via surcharges on customer energy bills in which Britain’s energy grid allegedly was unable to cope with the power the wind farms produced. However, there is more to the story.

As it turns out and as the article points out, there are not enough cable networks to carry power that is produced. The news report also states:

The overwhelming majority of the payments to date have been to wind farms in Scotland, where the bulk of wind farms are located.

Electricity demand in Scotland is insufficient to use much of the power produced on windy days, but cable networks to take the power south of the border are not yet ready. As a result National Grid has to pay the wind farm owners to stop generating in order to keep supply and demand balanced.

The overwhelming majority of the payments to date have been to wind farms in Scotland, where the bulk of wind farms are located.

Electricity demand in Scotland is insufficient to use much of the power produced on windy days, but cable networks to take the power south of the border are not yet ready. As a result National Grid has to pay the wind farm owners to stop generating in order to keep supply and demand balanced.


So even though the wind farms were put in place to eliminate the need for fossil fuels, the power plants that run on them are still put to use in order to make up for the lack of infrastructure to areas in England that do not have access to wind farm power. Furthermore, the power plants that politicians would like to have shut down due to their carbon emissions are still used when winds are not sufficient in order for the farms to generate enough power.

So any claims of using wind power in order to reduce fossil fuel use which allegedly contributes to climate change is nullified. The farms are paid not to run when the UK power grid can’t take the energy these farms generate on good days, weeks, months, whatever. But in slow periods when wind speeds are not adequate, power plants are fired up to pick up the slack. What a racket! Give me a break!

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