Meantime, an approach emerging in Britain dubbed "connect and manage" (page 49) bears a striking resemblance to what is being called "conditional/firm" in the United States (page 55). Still at the discussion stage, the idea is to connect wind generation to the network even if it is known there may be periods when wind output has to be curtailed. The advantage is that transmission capacity can subsequently be built in the knowledge that customers are already in place to pay for it, a much better prospect for investors worried about stranded costs. Indeed, Spain has effectively already adopted this approach to transmission. After all, it is how wind has been connecting into the distribution net for years in Germany and Denmark. Turning an emerging trend into regulation, however, will require a serious lobbying focus on the part of the wind industry.
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