Wind Power

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Christine Jardine Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the growth of wind power is responsibly managed and taxpayer funded constraint payments to that sector are reduced.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The taxpayer does not fund constraint payments. These payments are made by National Grid Electricity System Operator through competitive market arrangements as part of ensuring the secure and efficient operation of the electricity system. These arrangements predate the connection of wind farms to the transmission network by many years, and payments are made to various types of generation.

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