Wind farms paid £30 million a year to stand idle because the grid can’t cope with all the energy they produce

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Wind farms are being given around £30million a year in compensation to switch off or slow down their turbines because nearly half the electricity they make is not needed.The cash, which comes from household bills, is paid when the National Grid is unable to cope with the extra power produced during high winds or periods of low demand.Known as ‘balancing’, the arrangement is intended to compensate firms for energy they are unable to sell.

via Wind farms paid £30 million a year to stand idle because the grid can’t cope with all the energy they produce | Mail Online.

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