[Herald Scotland] Six wind farms were given six-figure payments to switch off their turbines because the Scottish grid network could not absorb all the energy being produced, it has emerged. Research by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) found energy companies were paid a total of £900,000 for stopping the turbines for several hours between April 5 and 6 this year. The REF said some of the payments were as high as 20 times the value of the electricity which would have been generated if the turbines kept running. The National Grid makes constraint payments to power stations that agree to stop generating in order to stabilise the network. It happens when the grid system or a section of the system is unable to absorb all the electricity being generated, and some generators that are contracted to generate are asked to stand down. The largest payments were made to Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire, which was given over £300,000 in April 2011, and Farr wind farm, south of Inverness, which received over £260,000 in the same month. Dr Lee Moroney, Planning Director for the REF, said: “The variability of wind power poses grid management problems for which there are no cheap solutions. “However, throwing the energy away, and paying wind farms handsomely for doing so, is not only costly but obviously very wasteful. “Government must rethink the scale and pace of wind power development before the costs of managing it become intolerable and the scale of the waste scandalous.” The National Grid said the grid had overloaded because high winds and heavy rain in Scotland on April 4 and 6 produced more wind energy than it could use.
So let me get this straight. We are absolutely owned by big oil companies. They’ve got us bent over their proverbial oil barrel while they fuck us in the ass with a dildo shaped like a gas pump. But meanwhile, wind turbines are producing so much energy that people have to bribe companies to shut them off? Can’t we just put that energy in a bottle, like fireflies or cow farts, and use it for other things? I just filled my tank up yesterday for 75 fucking clams and I only drive a Jetta, not a helicopter. Who do I have to talk to to have a wind turbine installed on the roof of my car? It would look absolutely ridiculous, like my car was wearing one of those propeller beanies but fuck it, it’s worth it. I remember when I first started driving, I had a 79 ‘Vette. Ok, it was a 1979 Chevrolet Chevette but still, it was a sweet ride. If that car wasn’t riding on fumes, I couldn’t even fit 10 bucks worth of gas in there. Those were the days. Now that Obama has owned Trump, killed bin Laden and basically walked around town like a Boss, maybe he can get to work on these gas prices and wind turbines.