Wind farms operators were paid £900,000 by the National Grid to disconnect their turbines for one night because the electricity was not needed.Last month, on a particularly windy night, six Scotttish wind farms were told to stop producing electricity as the National Grid was overloaded. Fair enough, you might think: if these things are producing an excess of power, then it's good to be able to regulate it.
The payments, worth up to 20 times the value of the power they would have produced, raises serious concerns about such subsidies, which are paid for by the customer.
Except that the wind farm owners need to be compensated for not producing power. Nearly a million pounds' worth of compensation. And who pays the compensation? Why, the people who didn't get the electricity that was so expensively not produced. The electricity customers.
OK, it's beyond a joke now. Can we stop?