Brits Squander £360 million Paying Wind Power Outfits to NOT Produce Power

Britain is suffering from the same diabolical wind turbine syndrome that wrecked South Australia, Germany, Spain and the like. However, with construction of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant now underway, it seems that the Brits have finally worked out that you cannot hope to run an economy on wintery bluster and summer breezes.

The Geenblob that hijacked British energy policy were furious at the prospect of Hinkley Point even getting the go-ahead – fuming, as only the wind cultist can, at what a meaningful power source (that can be delivered 24 x 365 and without producing a skerrick of the dreaded CO2 gas during operation) would do to their plans of carpeting Britain with hundreds of thousands of these things, while milking the subsidy cow for all she was worth along the way.

Hinkley Point is a serious kick in the teeth to Britain’s wind cult. After a decade or more of lunatics driving Britain’s energy policy, common sense, engineering and economics have jumped back into the driver’s seat. With a nuclear powered future a few short years away, there will be no need for any more deranged wind worship in Britain.

If the climate change Chicken Littles are truly serious about the threat posed by CO2, then having power delivered when and where it’s needed by a source that cannot generate CO2 gas during the process should find little criticism amongst their number: power delivered, as customers want it, on demand; and, on the Chicken Little’s case, Planet saved.

Being able to deliver power on demand is no minor matter – ask a South Australian about what happens when the wind stops blowing.  Which, as STT followers are well aware, is something that leaves wind power as a power source back in the dark ages (in every sense of that term).

As an example of how ludicrous is the attempt to run an economy on the weather, Britain is paying hundreds of £millions to wind power outfits for power that has no commercial value.

Wind power generators are getting guaranteed payments to “curtail” their delivery whenever there is too much wind and the delivery of wind power threatens to crash the grid. Over to the Daily Mail.

Gone with the wind! National Grid pays operators £360 million to switch off turbines producing too much power
Daily Mail
Rachel Millard
11 November 2017

Wind farm operators have been paid nearly £360 million to switch off turbines because they are producing more power than the grid can take.

These ‘constraint payments’ have soared since 2010 – yet more turbines continue to spring up across the country.

National Grid, the power transmission network, compensates energy providers if it asks them to switch off to prevent the grid becoming overloaded.

A record 69 wind farms were paid to stop transmitting in the last weekend of October.

Analysis of National Grid figures shows it paid £334.7 million to wind farms between 2010 and September this year. It is estimated to have paid a further £24.5 million since then.

Critics said the rising costs, ultimately passed on to the public, were bad for consumers and showed the industry was ‘seriously overheated’.

Payments have risen from £200,000 in 2010 – the first year they were made – to £85.4 million in 2016.

The average price this year was £70 per megawatt hour.

Scottish wind farms are the primary recipients of constraint payments because there are growing numbers of turbines north of the border, encouraged by Holyrood. But a £1 billion sub-sea cable, due to open in 2015, to bring the extra wind power south has been delayed due to manufacturing problems.

Several recent payments have gone to new wind farms, meaning they are asked to switch off almost as soon as they open. The money is not pure profit – power generators will have already paid out to access the transmission system.

Dr Lee Moroney, research director at the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), said: ‘The fact that new wind farms are constrained off as soon as they start generating, sometimes even before they are officially opened, shows that the Scottish Government has allowed the wind sector to become seriously overheated.

‘This is very bad for consumers, who have to pay high constraint payments in the short run and high grid expansion costs in the longer run.’

Wind farm numbers have ballooned since the 1990s, encouraged by government. But it ended subsidies last April, saying there were now enough projects to meet renewable energy needs.

Despite this, £63 million was doled out to switch off turbines between January and August, meaning this year’s bill looks set to be the highest yet.

The total cost to National Grid of switching gas producers on or off since 2014 is £985.4 million. In all, it has spent around £1.6b illion since 2014 switching different energy sources on or off because the grid cannot cope with all the power they produce, including compensating owners.
Daily Mail

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Comments

  1. Andre Den Tandt says:

    Seeing the accumulation of reports that detail the number of useless, dangerous, massive, expensive, ugly ” wind farms ” that are now disgracing all corners of the world, perhaps it’s time to start a competition to find the most ghastly, pernicious, wasteful, obnoxious exponent of them all. It’s a good bet Ontario would “Wynne” this hands-down, but who knows?

  2. GiveaDogaBone says:

    1: Some good news for the UK :
    UK GOVERNMENT BARS NEW GREEN SUBSIDIES
    https://www.thegwpf.com/

    2: An end for new, intermittent unreliables in electricity generation?
    E-cat QX presentation
    http://ecatworld.org/

    Now I push the boat out and ask if the two items are linked?

  3. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    Britain is suffering from the same diabolical wind turbine syndrome that wrecked South Australia, Germany, Spain and the like. However, with construction of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant now underway, it seems that the Brits have finally worked out that you cannot hope to run an economy on wintery bluster and summer breezes.
    The Geenblob that hijacked British energy policy were furious at the prospect of Hinkley Point even getting the go-ahead – fuming, as only the wind cultist can, at what a meaningful power source (that can be delivered 24 x 365 and without producing a skerrick of the dreaded CO2 gas during operation) would do to their plans of carpeting Britain with hundreds of thousands of these things, while milking the subsidy cow for all she was worth along the way.
    Hinkley Point is a serious kick in the teeth to Britain’s wind cult. After a decade or more of lunatics driving Britain’s energy policy, common sense, engineering and economics have jumped back into the driver’s seat. With a nuclear powered future a few short years away, there will be no need for any more deranged wind worship in Britain.
    If the climate change Chicken Littles are truly serious about the threat posed by CO2, then having power delivered when and where it’s needed by a source that cannot generate CO2 gas during the process should find little criticism amongst their number: power delivered, as customers want it, on demand; and, on the Chicken Little’s case, Planet saved.
    Being able to deliver power on demand is no minor matter – ask a South Australian about what happens when the wind stops blowing. Which, as STT followers are well aware, is something that leaves wind power as a power source back in the dark ages (in every sense of that term).
    As an example of how ludicrous is the attempt to run an economy on the weather, Britain is paying hundreds of £millions to wind power outfits for power that has no commercial value.
    Wind power generators are getting guaranteed payments to “curtail” their delivery whenever there is too much wind and the delivery of wind power threatens to crash the grid. Over to the Daily Mail.

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