It looks as if wind energy in Britain will be on its own in the brave new world of the liberated electricity market post 1998. Only one more round of the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation has been promised past the current NFFO-4. Facing a shared challenge, the wind fraternity at this month's British Wind Energy Association conference might well find it prudent to drop the cloak-and-dagger behaviour of past years, so encouraged by the fierce nature of NFFO competition, and put its energy into strategies for development of niche markets. The commercial opportunities are there, say officials at the government's Energy Technology Support Unit (right). Making the most of them is the key to wind's future success in the UK.