ERCOT sets wind record
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of the state, has surpassed wind power records several times in the past year – most recently setting a new wind record on November 10, 2012.
Wind power output reached 8,521 megawatts on this date at 10:21 am, representing nearly 26 percent of system load at the time and surpassing the previous instantaneous record set on June 19, 2012, by more than 150 MW.
Nearly 7,000 MW of the new record included wind power from West Texas wind farms, followed by more than 1,100 MW from wind farms along the Texas Coast.
"While added capacity is one reason for this growth, experience and improved tools also are enabling ERCOT to integrate this resource into the grid more effectively than ever before," said Kent Saathoff, ERCOT's vice president of grid operations and system planning.
ERCOT has more than 10,000 MW of wind power capacity, with nearly 21,000 MW of additional wind generation under review. The completion of high-voltage transmission projects in Competitive Renewable Energy Zones by the end of 2013 will improve ERCOT's ability to move wind power from West Texas to the metropolitan areas where demand on the grid is highest.
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