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UK Is Wasting Huge Amount of Wind Power at a Record Cost

Cost of turning off turbines to stabilize the grid rose by 70% last year to a record, a report shows.

The cost of turning off UK wind turbines jumped to a record last year because the country’s storage capacity can’t keep up with the growth in renewables output.

Enough renewable power to supply 800,000 homes was wasted in 2020 and 2021 as wind farms were forced to stop to ensure the stability of the grid, a report commissioned by Drax Group Plc shows. The cost of turning off turbines climbed about 70% to £507 ($635 million) last year alone, contributing to higher emissions and energy bills for consumers.