Santa’s Christmas present for wind farms

Worth repeating, wind farm operators paid £274m not to produce electricity.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Hugh Sharman

With recent events in mind, it is worth reposting this article from from the Renewable Energy Foundation, published om 30/12/16:

Over the Christmas period, high winds accompanying Storms Barbara and Conor combined with low demand for electricity to deliver a £7 million gift to the owners of wind farms in the form of constraint payments. Constraint payments occur when wind farms are paid not to generate, usually in periods when wind generation is surplus to demand. The bulk of these payments are made when wind generation cannot be used in Scotland, and there is insufficient grid capacity to export the energy to England. The cost of these payments is borne by electricity bill payers throughout the United Kingdom.

The peak payments over the current holiday season were made on Christmas Day, as summarised in the following table drawn from the REF datasets:

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