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Wind farms paid £30 million a year
to stand idle because the grid can´t
cope with all the energy they produce

Daily Mail [UK], by Nick McDermott

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Posted By:Ribicon, 8/9/2013 11:41:54 PM

Wind farms are being given around £30million a year in compensation to switch off or slow down their turbines because nearly half the electricity they make is not needed. The cash, which comes from household bills, is paid when the National Grid is unable to cope with the extra power produced during high winds or periods of low demand. Known as ‘balancing’, the arrangement is intended to compensate firms for energy they are unable to sell. But as the number of wind farms grows, the rates have hit record levels. Firms are often paid more to turn off their giant turbines

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The more you spend, the more you save. Incredible.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 8/10/2013 1:31:39 AM     (No. 9466861)

Fools don´t understand that electricity, unlike wheat, can´t be stored in a barn for later use. "real" power plants are run to meet forecast loads and peaks are handled by things like gas turbines that can be brought on line relatively quickly. The stupid wind turbines are anarchy, generating when their electricity may not be needed but unable to generate on demand when more electricity is needed. But then they get paid (usually) at peak load rates when they do generate and subsidized for just being there when they are not needed. insanity

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Reply 2 - Posted by: quantumman, 8/10/2013 3:28:35 AM     (No. 9466908)

It´s called reactive power. Wind cannot be stored like any other power. We have 9,000 megawatts here in Texas and when the wind doesn´t blow something else has to step in. Doh!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: molonlabe, 8/10/2013 3:47:13 AM     (No. 9466913)

Pretty soon they will be raising the people´s rates due to the glut of electricity. Sounds like a progessive´s dream come true.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Muguy, 8/10/2013 9:57:09 AM     (No. 9467194)

Texas has come to rely upon the wind power generated in West Texas.

Because the power generated cannot be stored, it causes a problem when so many turbines are not spinning.

It also causes problems when the wind does not blow for a day or two as has happened about three years ago and power to the big cities was not there and they suddenly realized just how important West Texas is to them!

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