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Offshore Wind Power Big Challenges Big Opportunity

Offshore Wind Power Big Challenges Big Opportunity

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Published by: Eric Morgan on Nov 16, 2010
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The UK’s total electricity capacity is currently 80GW23
so it is not surprising that adding up to 40GW of wind
capacity will require significant changes to grid
regulations. Improved planning regulations will also be
required to enable this new capacity to be delivered with

incorporating this amount of additional wind capacity
implies neither a security of supply issue nor a significant
upgrade to the underlying grid transmission network,
if changes are robustly implemented to regulation.

Why the lights won’t go out on a still
day – balancing and backup myths

There is a myth that, because it is not always windy,
electricity systems cannot accommodate significant
amounts of wind power. This is not the case. Wind power
operates in a different way to conventional generation,
but 40GW of wind power can be incorporated into the
UK’s electricity system without compromising security
of supply.

Security of supply is important over both the short-
and long-term. Over the long-term, an electricity
power system needs sufficient capacity to meet demand
reliably, including peak demand periods. In the shorter
term, the system needs to ensure that demand and
supply are balanced at all times.

The UK electricity system can accommodate 40GW of on- and offshore wind
and costs and delays can be minimised, but only if planned regulations are
robustly implemented.

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