There are ambitious targets in place for the future of wind penetration in Scotland and the UK as a whole. For these targets to be met it will take considerable effort, will and resources. The path towards targets for 18% electricity generation from renewables in Scotland by 2010 and 40% by 2020, contributing to the UK targets of 10% by 2010 and 20% by 2020, will not be an easy one. The barriers to expansion of wind generation are not fully understood by the environmental lobby or the wider population, where there is a favourable opinion of the expansion of greener electricity generation.

The main issues surrounding greater levels of wind penetration are examined in our project, without exhausting all avenues. An examination of these issues allows for some assessment of the costs involved when gradually altering the nation's generation portfolio. A model using excel to produce cost predictions for each level of wind penetration was constructed and was validated via a number of sources. Investigation and assessment of some non-economic aspects of the future generation mix are performed and a matrix for assessment of each scenario is produced.