EDF Energy was handed £2.99 million between April 29 and October to shut down turbines on the Fallago Rig wind farm, which is on land owned by the Duke of Roxburghe in Scottish Borders.
The “constraint payments”, which averaged around £500,000 per month, ultimately come from electricity bills and are given to wind farm companies for not producing energy during periods of high generation or low demand.
This usually happens when it is too windy, in order not to overload the National Grid, but can also occur when maintenance work on the Grid is being carried out.
The 48 – turbine development in the Lammermuir Hills started generated electricity in January but only completed testing and came fully online on May 17
Campaigners said the payments for not producing electricity – which spiked at more than £320,000 per day – demonstrated the consequences for consumers of Alex Salmond’s drive for wind energy north of the Border.