The windy weather earlier this month was good news for EV drivers, who were paid to use excess power generated by turbines to recharge their cars. Charger manufacturer Ohme revealed this week that electric vehicle owners were paid to charge their cars using excess wind energy generated in blustery conditions on December 8. Wind farms on that Sunday generated a record 16GW, or 45 per cent of the UK’s electricity, a new record. That left grid operators with an excess of green power on their hands. To use it up, for the first time, drivers with an Ohme charger who are signed up to Octopus Energy’s Agile time-of-use tariff were paid to charge their vehicles. Ohme’s app alerted their customers of the opportunity in advance, and encouraged them to plug in to help balance the load on the electricity system while being paid up to 5.6p per kilowatt hour of electricity used, which equates to 1.8p per mile.
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