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Winter Outlook 2008/9

There is an important long term aspect of the Grid's Winter Outlook viz:

144. In terms of the outlook for 2008/09, with a relatively low level of wind generation in
the overall generation mix, it is not yet critical to meeting demand even in our 1 in 20
demand levels scenario that we require a significant output from wind. Demand can still
be met by other sources of generation and/or imports through the interconnector in the
event of no wind generation output at the time of peak demand. Our work over the
summer has though led us to conclude that there are challenges that we will face as GB
system operator where wind generation is a large proportion of the generation fleet and
that controllable flexible sources of generation or demand management need to be
developed in parallel with a significant expansion of the wind generation capacity. We are
already contributing to further investigation and identifying potential solutions to these
issues through our engagement with the energy industry and government.

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