The Times | Record £30.9m paid to turn off wind farms

Our research on wind farms being paid a record £30.9mn sum to switch off in January after the failure of a Western Link HVDC cable was sourced in The Times today.

Avoiding constraints not only allows more volumes of renewable power to flow on to the grid, but also reduces the amount of money it has to pay to turn off wind farms in Scotland. However, the reliability of the link will need to be solved for its full potential to be realised.”

Lee Drummee, Analyst

The failure of the link made a clear difference to the level of the constraint payments made by the Electricity System Operator to wind farms to switch off when it could not cope with the power they generate.

The Times