A three year study is about to begin in Britain which will investigate how much variable generation such as wind can be accepted into high-voltage electricity networks. The £900,000 project is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry. It will be managed by PB Power, which heads a consortium comprising Durham University's New and Renewable Energy Group, equipment supplier VA Tech, information technology company IMASS and network operator ScottishPower. The aim is to integrate more renewable generators into the network. It should also result in lower retail prices for electricity, claims PB Power. "By judiciously managing the assets, it would defer or eliminate the need for reinforcement," says project manager Ian Burdon.
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