Expect a vulnerable teenager to behave like a mature adult and at some point the strain will prove too much. So it was with the wind business last month at the European Wind Energy Conference in Nice (right). While one half was bursting with desire to enter the grown up world, the other half was clearly in fear of doing so. But growing up is as inevitable as the wind blowing. With this in mind, perhaps there is hope for the European Commission's new attempt (page 18) to give wind energy an exciting new playground for further growth.