A wind farm has been paid £1.2 million not to produce electricity for eight-and-a-half hours.
That\’s £999 per MWh when if they\’d been producing they\’d only have got £100.
High winds (but not too high) mean that all the little windmills were spinning madly. So there\’s just too much juice for the grid to absorb, we just don\’t want that much power.
And then of course on still days they\’ll produce nothing at all. It just doesn\’t look good for this idea of producing 20, 30% , whatever the target is, of our electricity from these sorts of sources, does it?
It\’s going to cost an absolute fucking fortune. And no, these sorts of costs are not included in those lovely numbers we see about how much windmill \’leccie costs us, these sorts of costs are buried out of sight.