Wind farms were paid a record sum to switch off in January after the failure of a subsea cable to carry the electricity they generate. The £30.9 million paid out by National Grid ultimately will be funded by homes and businesses through their energy bills. It comes after the latest outage on the Western Link cable that is co-owned by National Grid, which coincided with a period of record high wind power output. The biggest recipient was Scottish Power, the other co-owner of the cable. It was paid more than £13 million in January for not being able to use its wind farms, Cornwall Insight, a consultancy, said. Wind farms in Scotland can produce more power than is needed to meet demand north of the border and the £1.3 billion Western Link was built to take the surplus south. The cable runs from Ayrshire to north Wales, via 239 miles of subsea cabling and 20 miles underground through the Wirral. Its most recent failure on January 10 was not fixed until this month, coinciding with record high wind power output.
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