Windfarm operators in the north-east have received £1 million since the start of the year to turn off their turbines in high winds. Tullo near Laurencekirk, Mid Hill south west of Aberdeen and Clashindarroch near Huntly all received hundreds of thousands of pounds in so-called “constraint payments”. In gale force conditions, the National Grid is unable to cope with the extra energy turbines produce and companies receive the constraint payments to shut down. Nearly £5m was paid to energy firms, almost all based in Scotland, for switching off turbines on October 8 alone as the country experienced high winds.
Energy Voice 29th Oct 2018 read more »