UK Windfarms Break Record (For Subsidies Paid Out!)

UK Windfarms Break Record (For Subsidies Paid Out!)

DECEMBER 21, 2020tags: wind power

By Paul Homewood

h/t Robin Guenier/Joe Public

Silly Jilly is cheerleading for renewables again!


Blustery winter weather helped Great Britain’s windfarms set a record for clean power generation, which made up more than 40% of its electricity on Friday.

Wind turbines generated 17.3GW on Friday afternoon, according to figures from the electricity system operator, narrowly beating the previous record set in early January this year.

High wind speeds across the country helped wind power’s share of the electricity mix remain above 40% through Saturday. Coal and gas plants made up less than a fifth of electricity generated.

Melanie Onn, the deputy chief executive of Renewable UK, said: “It’s great to see our onshore and offshore windfarms have smashed another record, generating more power on a cold December day than ever before, just when we need it most.”

They make it sound as if these new records are some sort of miracle. The simple reality however is that if we keep building new, heavily subsidised wind farms, the electricity they generate is bound to keep increasing.

In the last year, offshore wind capacity has risen from 9.2 to 11.1 GW:


[You might also note that onshore wind capacity has barely increased at all, due to the fact that subsidies have been withdrawn for new wind farms]

The offshore increase is due to the commissioning of two projects:

Hornsea Project 1 – 1.2GW

East Anglia Phase 1 – 0.7GW

And what Silly Jilly and The Observer forgot to mention is the guaranteed price these projects are paid:


At £139.35/MWh, East Anglia is four times the current market price for electricity. Hornsea is even more obscenely expensive, coming in at £162.47.

These prices will be raised again next April, as they are index linked for 15 years, meaning energy users will have to carry on paying through the nose until 2035.

In a full year, and at current prices, East Anglia and Hornsea will together receive a subsidy of £795 million.

It’s a high price to pay for Melanie Onn’s new record.

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One response to “UK Windfarms Break Record (For Subsidies Paid Out!)

  1. New subsidy contracts will be handed to energy companies including Norway’s state-owned Equinor for four new windfarms on remote islands, and another six windfarms off the coasts of England and Scotland. They are expected to start powering UK homes within the next four years. The winning bidders include Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, and SSE, which together plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind project in the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea.

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