Wind turbines switched off on 38 days every year
Wind farm operators are paid large subsidies, with more than £500 million going on wind power last year under the Renewables Obligation, the Government's mechanism for supporting renewable energy. The average turbine is understood to generate power worth about £150,000 a year, but is awarded incentives in the form of subsidies worth £250,000.
June 14, 2011
by Holly Watt
in The Telegraph
Wind turbines will have to be switched off on 38 days every year because it is too windy, the National Grid said yesterday.
In a new report, the grid said it could not cope with the surge of power from wind farms and will have to switch off turbines to avoid overloading the power transmission networks.
The admission casts doubt on the Government's decision to push for a seven-fold increase in the amount of electricity generated by wind by 2020.
Wind farm operators are given "constraint" payments to keep their turbines idle and some experts believe this will... [continue via Web link]