To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the growth of wind power is responsibly managed and taxpayer funded constraint payments to that sector are reduced.
8 February 2019
The taxpayer does not fund constraint payments. These payments are made by National Grid Electricity System Operator through competitive market arrangements as part of ensuring the secure and efficient operation of the electricity system. These arrangements predate the connection of wind farms to the transmission network by many years, and payments are made to various types of generation.