Wind farm paid £1.2 million to produce no electricity

A wind farm has been paid £1.2 million [$1.85 million US] not to produce electricity for eight-and-a-half hours.

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Edward Malnick and Robert Mendick
Telegraph [UK]
17 Sep 2011

The amount is ten times greater than the wind farm’s owners would have received had they actually generated any electricity.

The disclosure exposes the bizarre workings of Britain’s electricity supply, prompting calls last night for an official investigation into the payments system.

The £1.2 million will go to a Norwegian company which owns 60 turbines in the Scottish Borders.

The National Grid asked the company, Fred Olsen Renewables, to shut down its Crystal Rig II wind farm last Saturday for a little over eight hours amid fears the electricity network would become overloaded.

The problem was caused by high winds buffeting the country in the wake of Hurricane Katia.

In total, 11 wind farms were closed down last week, receiving a total of £2.6 [$4 m] million. The money – detailed in calculations provided by National Grid – will be added on to household bills and paid for by consumers.

As Britain pushes for more and more wind farms, critics claim the size of the ‘constraint payments’ will grow accordingly – raising serious concern about the long-term suitability of wind power to meet Britain’s energy needs…

The article continues at The Telegraph.

Related: Wind Capital Group gets $107 million taxpayer dollars from Obama, hosts $25,000 per person fundraiser for him.

…“At a time when Barack Obama is under fire for steering hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus funds to a failed company linked to a major campaign donor, it is stunning that he would come to Missouri and raise money with another recipient of stimulus cash,” Smith said in a statement to POLITICO. “Sadly, Missourians have come to expect this kind of pay-to-play from the Obama administration. November 2012 can’t come soon enough.”

It’s the Chicago way!

Frankly, Obama lost his fundraising virginity long ago and the MSM gave him a pass, even McCain was too scared to say anything..

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