Sunday, Nov 29th

Last update07:33:23 AM GMT

You are here News Energy Firms paid to shut down wind farms when the wind is blowing

Firms paid to shut down wind farms when the wind is blowing

E-mail Print PDF

Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing.

Critics of wind farms have seized on the revelation as evidence of the unsuitability of turbines to meet the UK's energy needs in the future. They claim that the 'intermittent' nature of wind makes such farms unreliable providers of electricity.

Whereas coal and gas power stations often pay the National Grid £15 to £20 per megawatt hour they do not supply, Scottish Power was paid £180 per megawatt hour during the test to switch off its turbines.

It raises the prospect of hugely profitable electricity suppliers receiving large sums of money from the National Grid just for switching off wind turbines.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Scotland hosting new type of offshore wind program

Scotland floats new wind programThe Scottish government said it granted a license to the operators of what Edinburgh said may...

Japan now has more car charging points than gas stations

Japanese charging pointsNissan Motor Co. has reported that Japan now has more places to charge electric vehicles than...

Oil Services Co.,Baker Huhes, lays off 10,500

Baker Hughes "Extreme market forces" are in play in the global energy sector, oil services company Baker...

Researchers turn solar energy into liquid fuel

Solar energy to liquid fuelA small number of vehicles on U.S. roads are already indirectly powered by the sun. Ostensibly,...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!