YOU pay £108M in a year for wind farms to be switched off. Wind farms are awarded more money for turning off their turbines than keeping them on, astonishing new figures reveal. The UK facilities were paid a whopping £108million last year for not producing electricity so the National Grid could manage power supplies. That is around 40 per cent more than they make for in subsidies for keeping the turbines going. The figures were revealed by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), a privately-backed think tank that is critical of wind farms. And the payments – equivalent to around £2million a week – were described by the REF as “a scandal”. Under the current system, operators are handed so-called constraint payments as compensation for shutting down to stop the grid from becoming overloaded. That is particularly true in Scotland, where there has been a surge in the number of farms, encouraged by Holyrood. Critics say the payments show the wind sector has become “overheated”, with the extra costs ultimately passed on to the taxpayer through higher bills.
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