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Green Madness: Wind Farms Paid £43 Million To Switch Off

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Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph

Wind farms have been paid a record £43 million to switch off turbines so far this year

Wind farms have been paid a record £43 million to switch off turbines so far this year, after Britain’s electricity network was unable to cope with the power they produced.

The rising total of so-called “constraint payments” to wind is already a third higher than the entire 2013 total, with two months of the year still to go.

The payments, which are funded by consumer energy bill surcharges, reflect the problem of rapid construction of wind farms across the country without sufficient cable networks to carry the power produced.