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Wind Farms Could Be Paid To Stop Producing Power

Emily Gosden, The Times

Wind farms could be paid to switch off their turbines this summer as the growth of solar panels leaves the national network swamped with too much power.

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National Grid, which manages the network, forecast yesterday that the minimum demand on the high-voltage power grid would fall to a record low this summer because of the continued installation of rooftop panels and solar farms.

As more households and businesses generate their own electricity and more solar farms supply power directly into local networks, National Grid has experienced a significant drop in the amount of electricity that needs to be drawn from the national system.

“With falling minimum demands on the transmission system, we anticipate there may be times this summer when there is more generation on the system than is needed,” National Grid said in its annual summer outlook report.

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