Records keep getting shattered in the wind energy output arena, highlighting the clean, affordable energy source’s reliability and potential to power the grid all the more.
This time, the news came from the Lone Star State. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc., (ERCOT) set a wind generation record of 8,638 MW at 3:11 p.m. on Dec. 25, 2012, exceeding the previous record by 117 MW.
ERCOT is the grid operator whose territory comprises the vast majority of Texas. More than 6,600 MW of the power included wind generation from West Texas wind farms, combined with over 1,600 MW from wind farms along the Texas Coast. ERCOT recorded the previous wind output record of 8,521 MW on Nov. 10, according to a Jan. 2 news release.
The new wind energy output record represented nearly 26 percent of system load in ERCOT at that time. The Friday after Thanksgiving, the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) got a record-setting boost from wind power, with output from wind turbines surpassing 10,000 MW and supplying more than a quarter of the ISO’s total generation. In reporting on the record, MISO took the occasion to highlight wind’s cost-saving power.
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