Households face a hike in their energy bills after a surge in subsidy payments to switch off turbines, an analysis has found. In the first six weeks of this year, £55.7 million was paid out in constraint payments, according to research by the Renewable Energy Foundation. The money is given out as compensation to energy firms for turning off turbines when the network is unable to cope with the power they produce. Last year, the total paid was £130 million, which was at that point the largest to date. The payments are made by the National Grid but charged to consumers and added to electricity bills. A high-voltage submarine power cable between Scotland and England was supposed to help to reduce the figure by allowing energy to be exported south of the border and keeping the turbines on more regularly. However, Prysmian, the Italian company which manufactured cables for the £1 billion project, said on January 10 that it had failed. It came back into operation on February 7.
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