fossil-fuelled power stations submit negative bids to the system operator indicating they will pay National Grid a certain sum per MWh if asked to reduce output.... What has become clear over the last year is that the amount charged by wind farms is very significantly in excess of the value of the subsidies foregone. For example, the average price paid to Scottish wind farms to reduce output in 2011 was £220 per MWh, whereas the lost subsidy is approximately £55 per MWh. The amount paid by conventional plant such as coal and gas was approximately £34 per MWh to reduce output in 2011. Ultimately the cost of balancing electricity is paid by the electricity consumer so this large difference in cost is not in the consumer interest.
So poor people and pensioners on fixed incomes are forced to pay a ransom to rich landowners and foreign energy companies to reduce the erratic output from their wind subsidy farms. Whereas conventional generators actually pay money back when asked to reduce their output. And yet the LibLabCon are building thousands more of these hideous subsidy farms?