Wind farms backed by government subsidies could be paid more to switch off than to generate power, The Telegraph has learnt.
A lack of grid storage and transmission infrastructure means that the UK is regularly producing more electricity from wind than it can use.
At particularly windy times, the National Grid pays producers to switch off rather than overload the local system, with the costs passed on to household energy bills.
Producers offer the price at which they are willing to switch off, which is normally around the market rate for electricity, currently at record highs because of the energy crisis.
Wind producers on newer government subsidy contracts are paid a fixed price, generally below current market rates, to generate electricity.
By switching off, producers may therefore be able to make rates well above their fixed prices.
Although the loophole only applies to about seven per cent of wind farmer producers on so-called “contracts for difference” (CfD) – the newer subsidy system – the issue could grow as new wind farms come online.
Developers of the newest wind farms have offered to produce power for a guaranteed price of as little as £37 per megawatt-hour (MWh).…/wind-farms-backed-green…/

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