Gas company special payments dwarf constraint payments to windfarms

National Grid makes figures public for first time as government considers cutting windfarm subsidies before election

National Grid made special payments of £300m over the last 12 months to big energy companies sometimes for switching off their power stations in an attempt to "balance" the system.

The huge payout dwarfs the £37m paid to windfarms to remain offline over the same period to the end of February a figure used by critics to question the advisability of supporting renewable energy.

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