Electricity Generation

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Labour, Southampton, Test

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was paid in constraint payments by National Grid in each year from 2009; and what proportion of such payments were received by (a) windfarms and (b) gas-fired power stations.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Total constraint payments for generators of all types since 2009 are as follows:

  £ million
2008-09 263
2009-10 139
2010-11 170
2011-12 325
2012-13 170
Source: National Grid published data

The Department does not hold data on the breakdown of constraint payments for each type of technology. National Grid has advised that details of most individual constraint payments to generators are published at:

www.elexon.co.uk# and

www.bmreports.com and some aggregated data, including an explanation of constraint payments made to wind generation, is published in its ‘Monthly Balancing Services Summary’, available at:

www.nationalgrid.com/uk/Electricity/Balancing/Summary

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