Customers have been forced to pay electricity companies almost £650m over the past decade – to not produce power. The cash is compensation for periods that wind turbines are switched off at short notice and usually happens to avoid overloading the UK’s National Grid. Since 2009, power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong. The cost is then added to customers’ electricity bills. The bulk of the money – so-called constraint payments – comes to electricity suppliers in Scotland because most windfarms are north of the border. Helen McDade, Scottish policy advisor at the Renewable Energy Foundation, told STV News: “They’re getting to unmanageable levels with last year being a record level. £136m was paid in constraints for windfarms to turn off, to not produce, and that’s more than they would have got if they’d been having good windy days.
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