Green Madness: Wind Farms Paid Up To £3 Million Per Day To Switch Off Turbines 

Posted: January 19, 2020 by oldbrew in Big Green, Energy, Subsidies, turbines, wind
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Same old story, but numbers keep getting bigger. This just reinforces the point that large-scale surplus electricity can’t be stored. But nobody pays non-renewable sources for switching off or reducing output when wind and/or solar are operating at or near their capacity.
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Wind farms were paid up to £3 million per day to switch off their turbines and not produce electricity last week, The Telegraph can disclose.

Energy firms were handed more than £12 million in compensation following a fault with a major power line carrying electricity to England from turbines in Scotland.

The payouts, which will ultimately be added onto consumer bills, were between 25 per cent and 80 per cent more than the firms, which own giant wind farms in Scotland, would have received had they been producing electricity, according to an analysis of official figures.

The payments have prompted questions in Parliament, as one charity warned that consumers were having to fund the consequences of an “excessive” number of onshore wind farms, which can overwhelm the electricity grid.

In December an analysis by the Renewable Energy Foundation, a charity that monitors energy use, revealed that the operators of 86 wind farms in Britain were handed more than £136 million in so-called “constraint payments” last year – a new record.

REF has warned that consumers are left to foot the bill for wind farm operators having to reduce their output as a result of an “excessive” number of turbines in Scotland leaving the electricity grid unable to cope on occasions such as when there are strong winds.

The Western Link, a 530-mile high-voltage cable running from the west coast of Scotland to the north coast of Wales, was built to help overcome the problem by providing more capacity to transport green energy from onshore wind farms in Scotland, to England and Wales.

But the line, which became fully operational in 2018, has been dogged by difficulties.

In the latest incident, it “tripped” on Jan 10, prompting a spike in the number of wind farms being asked to shut down temporarily because they were producing more energy than could be transported to consumers’ homes.

GWPF article here.

  1. Gamecock says:

    Wind/solar don’t fit in. Unless you use a really big hammer to make ’em fit.

    Then stand back and declare: “See? They work GREAT!”

  2. dennisambler says:

    Rampion, off the coast at Brighton, went offline in October last year. It is only now starting to come back online, as each turbine has to be re-commissioned individually. This a response to an e-mail I sent to them 3 days ago.

    “Our Engineers have repaired a joint on one of our onshore High Voltage cables which has allowed us to return the windfarm to operation. We are re-commissioning each turbine in turn to ensure they are in perfect running order, and I am pleased to say the majority of turbines are now back online.”

    This was the original report

    “A £1bn offshore wind farm has been out of action for more than a week. The Rampion project, off the Sussex coast between Brighton and Worthing, has been shut down since 26 October due to a fault in an electrical distribution system.

    Power for about 350,000 homes is generated from the farm’s 116 turbines, which were opened in November 2018.

    The outage would have “no impact on energy supply” in the area, the National Grid said. ”

    Then why the heck build it?

    They are full of BS…

  3. Curious George says:

    £3 Million Per Day To Switch Off Turbines? Can’t we streamline the process, and pay simply not to build turbines? I am pretty sure that it is happening already – and everybody wins, except ratepayers.

  4. oldbrew says:

    If some of the constraint millions were diverted into buying mega-batteries, they might save in the long run as well as having a bit more power to offer. Assuming constraint payments are going to continue indefinitely anyway, that is.

  5. ivan says:

    If the government won’t stop paying out this money and remove all subsidies from any renewable energy generator then the constraint payment should only be paid into a escrow account to cover the total removal of the end of working life generators, by total removal I include the concrete bases and the restoration of the sites to their original condition.

  6. oldbrew says: