Wind Power

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 1st November 2010.

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Photo of James Wharton James Wharton Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the National Grid of paying wind farm operators to turn off their turbines during periods of excess generation.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

National Grid has never needed to curtail wind output because supply on a national scale exceeded demand. National Grid has made payments to wind farm operators to curtail output on two occasions. The first was a test to ensure the technical capability was present and the second was due to constraints on the transmission network. The total cost incurred was approximately £53,000.

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