Con­straints bill for wind is lu­nacy

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - AGENDA -

SIR, – The re­cent cov­er­age of the scan­dalous amount of money that is be­ing paid out to turn off wind tur­bines, mainly in Scot­land, should make con­sumers across the UK gasp with dis­be­lief and anger.

The reck­less de­ploy­ment of thou­sands of tur­bines by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment must be halted and only West­min­ster can bring in leg­is­la­tion to slam the door shut on this ab­surd con­straints jack­pot and pro­tect con­sumers against fur­ther un­re­strained lu­nacy.

Some de­vel­op­ers are ap­ply­ing and get­ting ap­proval for ex­ten­sions to wind farms that are al­ready be­ing paid tens of mil­lions to turn off orig­i­nal tur­bines. The whole thing is out of con­trol and why UK Gov­ern­ment is al­low­ing this un­wanted junk en­ergy to flood the grid is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion.

In 2012 it was re­vealed that there were also “com­mer­cially sen­si­tive” For­ward En­ergy Trades (FET). A sort of “se­cret con­straints” and still paid by the con­sumer. At that time they were run­ning par­al­lel with the pub­licly known con­straints at more than £12 mil­lion each.

Fast for­ward six short years, thou­sands more tur­bines and the con­straints bo­nanza is hot­ting up with over half a bil­lion pounds paid out in con­straints to wind op­er­a­tors to not gen­er­ate. At­tempts to find out from West­min­ster’s Depart­ment for En­ergy how much the FET bill is now have been un­suc­cess­ful – so far. What if it is run­ning par­al­lel to­day? This is our money. Money from ev­ery en­ergy bill payer in the UK – do­mes­tic and busi­ness.

Cam­paign­ers across Scot­land be­lieve it is these con­straints that are en­cour­ag­ing wind de­vel­op­ers to con­tinue to plague our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. They are the new “sub­sidy”.

CEO of Span­ish-owned Scot­tish Power Keith An­der­son re­cently said he is head­ing north to Scot­land for most of his fu­ture wind in­vest­ment be­cause it is windier there than in Eng­land. Pull the other one Mr An­der­son.

We all know why you are gal­lop­ing up to Scot­land. It is be­cause the SNP wave de­vel­op­ments through de­spite lo­cal opin­ion.

Add that to the eye-wa­ter­ing con­straints be­ing paid out to the likes of Scot­tish Power’s own Whitelee Wind­farm – over £96m, a fifth of the to­tal con­straints bill – and what’s not to love about trash­ing Scot­land’s land­scapes for un­re­li­able in­dus­trial and very ex­pen­sive wind?

Lyn­d­sey Ward, Darach Brae, Beauly, In­ver­ness-shire

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