EDF paid £3 million to shut down Scottish wind farm

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

This is because the transmission network lacks the capacity to transport much
of the electricity generated by wind farms in rural Scotland to urban
centres in England where demand is highest.

Linda Holt, spokesman for anti-wind farm group Scotland Against Spin, said:
“The massive constraint payments Scottish wind farms receive are the result
of a skewed planning system which allows wind farms to be built before the
infrastructure is in place to take all the energy they produce.

“Wind development in Scotland is out of control, wind speculators are mopping
up millions in subsidies and we’re all paying for electricity we can’t even
use.” The Duke of Roxburghe did not benefit from the constraint
payments.

According to figures provided by the Renewable Energy Foundation, a charity
that publishes information on the energy sector, around half the £3 million
total was paid between April 29 and the middle of May when the wind farm
became fully operational.

However, EDF continued to receive regular payments during summer when the warm
weather would have led to relatively low demand. These included sums of more
than £198,000 on June 30, £148,565 on August 17 and £171,801 on August 18.

Despite the much cooler temperatures, payments spiked again last month,
totalling £402,814. This total included £92,102 on October 22 and £138,755
the following day.

A spokesman for French-owned EDF said all energy generators, regardless of the
technology they use, have deals covering periods when the National Grid
instructs them to temporarily decrease the power they produce.

“Such instructions from the National Grid are part of its daily management of
the electricity system, as it works to ensure it maintains the right balance
between generation and customer demand or to manage temporary technical
limitations within the transmission network,” he said.

A National Grid spokesman said constraint payments to wind farm companies
totalled £7 million in 2012/13, adding that this represented only four per
cent of the £170 million given to all electricity generators.

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