14 Mar '12, 4pm

Wind Provides 22% of Power in Texas this Month: (via @awea)

The utility system operator for most of the state of Texas broke its wind power generation record twice last week. But what’s almost as notable is what was behind the record—besides the wind, that is. Wind output reached 7,599 MW at 8:41 p.m. on Wednesday, exceeding the 7,403 MW record from the previous day by 196 MW and meeting a full 22 percent of the system’s electricity demand. At the time of Wednesday’s record, total system load was 34,318 MW. Prior to March 6, the record for wind output on the ERCOT [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] system was 7,400 MW, recorded on Oct. 7, 2011. 7,599 MW is enough to fully supply about 6 million typical American homes at average usage levels. As impressive as all those numbers are, however, just as noteworthy are the improved grid operating procedures that were, in part, behind the record-setting generation. “March is typically...

Full article: http://www.awea.org/blog/index.cfm?customel_dataPageID_16...

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