A network of academic and technical institutions has been set up in Britain to examine the obstacles to integrating significant amounts of wind energy into electricity networks -- particularly isolated power systems such as islands. The BLOWING network (Bringing Large-scale Operation of Wind Into Networks and Grids) aims to encourage an exchange of ideas through workshops and new research groupings. The network will be dealing with problems such as how much conventional plant should be scheduled to cover the unpredictability of wind, and the "controllability" of systems with a significant proportion of wind capacity. The inaugural BLOWING workshop was to be held at Queen's University of Belfast on January 26.
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