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Bill Payers Subsiding Idle Windfarms Must Stop

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

BILL PAYERS PAYING TO SUBSIDISE IDLE WINDFARMS MUST STOP 

It is the politicians who are responsible for this almost unbelievable waste of money says GMB 

GMB, the union for energy workers, has called for end to the scandal of energy bill payers stumping up more than £100million to subsidise idle windfarms.

A total of £125 million has reportedly been paid to energy companies to either switch off their turbines, or even discard their potential output. [1]

GMB says it’s time electricity bill payers stopped getting fleeced.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“It is the politicians who are responsible for this almost unbelievable waste of money.

“It is a clear cut example of what happens when you separate the economic and political questions from the decision making. 

“Having made the political decision to increase renewable energy sources, the decisions on how to do this are made by technical bodies with no reference to the political issues involved.

“One consequence of which is the electricity bill payers are fleeced.

“This is then compounded by a failure to work through who pays for the connectivity whilst ensuring the economic benefits of who makes the equipment go into the UK economy.”

ENDS

Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351; or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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