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No barriers to high wind penetration

An enduring myth, also in wind energy circles, is that it is neither technically nor economically feasible to run power systems based largely on wind generation. A number of studies by utilities with good experience of wind operation are gradually putting paid to the technical myth: there is no technical limit. In an analysis this month, we demonstrate that the so-called economic barrier barely exists either, or only if a rise in power system regulating cost that adds just 10% to consumer bills is too high a price to pay. Our conclusions are based on a worst case scenario for wind.

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