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Record £30.9m paid to turn off wind farms 

Credit:  Emily Gosden, Energy Editor | The Times | Tuesday February 25 2020 | www.thetimes.co.uk ~~

Wind farms were paid a record sum to switch off in January after the failure of a subsea cable to carry the electricity they generate.

The £30.9 million paid out by National Grid ultimately will be funded by homes and businesses through their energy bills.

It comes after the latest outage on the Western Link cable that is co-owned by National Grid, which coincided with a period of record high wind power output.

The biggest recipient was Scottish Power, the other co-owner of the cable. It was paid more than £13 million in January for not being able to use its wind farms, Cornwall Insight, a consultancy, said.

Wind farms in Scotland can produce more power than is needed to meet demand north of the

Source:  Emily Gosden, Energy Editor | The Times | Tuesday February 25 2020 | www.thetimes.co.uk

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