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BBC News - Scots windfarms paid cash to stop producing energy

Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged.

The turbines, at a range of sites across Scotland, were stopped because the grid network could not absorb all the energy they generated.

Details of the payments emerged following research by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF).

The REF said energy companies were paid £900,000 to halt the turbines for several hours between 5 and 6 April.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon May 2nd, 2011 at 03:16:47 PM EST
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Renewable Energy Foundation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There have been critics of REF's agenda in particular Juliet Davenport, chief executive of green energy provider Good Energy and Dale Vince founder of Ecotricity, who both accuse the organisation of using a deliberately "misleading" name, Vince says "They are not a Foundation for Renewable Energy, as their name says and as any reasonable person would conclude from their name - they actually exist to undermine Renewable Energy - in that respect their name is a deceit,".

Other Critics such as Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, a trade body which represents more than 600 wind and marine energy firms, says the Renewable Energy Foundation's true purpose is diametrically opposed to the interests of the wind energy industry. "It is an anti-wind lobbying organisation," she told BusinessGreen. "I'd like to know where the renewable energy part of their remit is. They don't foster or promote or develop, they just try to undermine the case for wind energy all the time."[6]

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon May 2nd, 2011 at 03:29:33 PM EST
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Who are the Renewable Energy Foundation? - 16 Feb 2011 - Feature from BusinessGreen
You might expect an organisation known as the Renewable Energy Foundation to be consistently in favour of renewable energy projects. But according to its many critics, nothing could be further from the truth for an organisation that stands accused of misleading the public by consistently campaigning against wind farms.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon May 2nd, 2011 at 03:30:52 PM EST
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Also sponsors of reports much quoted by the anti-DFH pro-nuke noobs on The Register - who are either wilfully ignorant or don't seem to understand how industrial PR and lobbying work.

Did you know there have been days when there was no wind at all in the whole of Northern Europe? Therefore windmills = fail.

It must be true. I read it online somewhere.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue May 3rd, 2011 at 04:34:55 AM EST
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that's what grid managers do - they bring plants online and shut them down at various times.

At all times, you have peaking plants on standby, ready to be brought on line or, if they are producing, to be shut off. A lot of the time, they are paid to be idle and nobody complains about it. That's how it is meant to work.


Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue May 3rd, 2011 at 05:46:02 AM EST
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