Wasted wind power adds £40 tohousehold energy bills, says think tank

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    Espiner, Tom [Author]

    Publisher BBC News
    Year of publication 2003 December 19

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    Generation of Electricity > Wind farms
    Contemporary news > 2023


    Scope & contentWasted wind power will add £40 to the average UK household's electricity bill in 2023, according to a think tank. That figure could increase to £150 in 2026, Carbon Tracker has estimated.

    When it is very windy, the grid cannot handle the extra power generated. Windfarms are paid to switch off and gas-powered stations are paid to fire up.

    The cost is passed on to consumers. The government said major reforms will halve the time it takes to build energy networks to cope with extra wind power.
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