The £1.1 billion subsea electricity cable linking Scotland with England and Wales has failed, leaving consumers to foot the bill for up to £5 million in compensation to wind farm companies. The Western HVDC Link interconnector, once described by ministers as the perfect symbol of Britain’s single electricity market, tripped on Friday, leaving consumers to pay constraint payments to wind farm companies. The money is paid by the National Grid but is ultimately charged to consumers through their electricity bills. The link is a main element in the Scottish government’s green energy strategy, routing electricity south and enabling imports when generation in Scotland is low. Scottish Power and National Grid confirmed that the link had come offline during high winds and at a time of peak demand because of the cold weather.
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