Irregular wind supply to wind farms affects European power markets significantly, claims a new study.
The report by global consultancy Pöyry suggests that market prices will be both high and volatile because of wind intermittency.
The Renewable Energy Foundation welcomed the Pöyry study for echoing its own conclusions.
Dr John Constable, Director of Policy and Research at REF, said: “Pöyry’s contribution to public understanding of the market risks of wind intermittency vindicates REF’s pioneering work in this field, and is a prudent and salutary warning against over-hasty policy that deserves to be widely read. In an ideal world government would purchase this study and make it freely available.”
The study found that even a large wind fleet distributed over much of Northern Europe will still exhibit significant variability, which in turn has an impact on the market.