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Energy: Scotland

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

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the annual amount paid in constraint payments in Scotland for energy is from (a) wind, (b) coal, (c) gas and (d) nuclear in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

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

The Department does not hold data on the breakdown of constraint payments for each type of technology. Constraint payments are made by National Grid through competitive market arrangements in order to help ensure the secure operation of the electricity system. 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:


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