£11m for the wind farm that was not working

Ten wind farms have each been paid more than £3 million over the past three years to shut down their turbines, with one alone receiving £11 million

A wind farm has been paid £11 million not to produce electricity, The Telegraph can disclose.

An analysis shows that 10 wind farms have each been paid more than £3 million over the past three years to shut down their turbines.

The sums being handed out to renewable energy companies are up to double what they would have received for producing electricity.

The highest payment of £11.1 million was paid over three years to ScottishPower, a Spanish-owned firm, which operates the Whitelee wind farm, around 10 miles from Glasgow.

The disclosures prompted claims that the Government has failed to “rein in” the amounts being demanded by wind farm owners to turn off their turbines to stop the electricity network becoming overloaded.

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