Occasionally I have to read an article twice to ensure that my reading skills are fairly accurate. This was such a re-read.
Energy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid can't use the power they are producing. The National Grid fears that on breezy summer nights, wind farms could actually cause a surge in the electricity supply which is not met by demand from businesses and households.
Electricity cannot be stored so one solution, known as the 'balancing mechanism', is to switch off or reduce the power supplied. This system is already used to reduce supply from coal and gas-fired power stations when there is low demand.
But shutting down wind farms is likely to cost the National Grid - and ultimately us, the consumers - far more. When wind turbines are turned off, owners are being deprived of not only money for the electricity they would have generated, but also lucrative 'green' subsidies for that electricity.
The first successful test shut down of wind farms took place three weeks ago. Scottish Power received £13,000 for closing down two farms for a little over an hour on 30 May at about 5am.
Coal and gas power stations often pay the National Grid £15 to £20 per megawatt hour they do not supply. Scottish Power was paid £180 per megawatt hour during the test to switch off its turbines. It raises the prospect of hugely profitable electricity suppliers receiving large sums of money from the National Grid just for switching off wind turbines. Just a few months ago the Telegraph reported customers are paying more than £1 billion a year to subsidise wind farms.
A National Grid spokesman said: "The trial is something supporters of wind energy should welcome, as it gives evidence to their case that wind generation does not bring insurmountable problems to balancing supply and demand."
Is it any wonder Forth Ports PLC want to put two of these giants slap bang in the middle of the River Tay at Dundee? Within the next two years an offshore turbine, more than 500ft tall with a diameter of 475ft is due to make an appearance in British waters. The designers of these turbines say there are no reason why offshore turbines should not get even larger.
Some years ago now there was a public outcry at farmers being paid to keep land fallow (the EU arable set-aside policy). This policy was scrapped with the introduction of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Suppliers can't really lose where wind farms are concerned. Time we rebelled against paying higher electricity prices for a system which supplies a minimal amount of our power.