13 Mar '12, 3pm

Grid Smarts Get Texas Record Amounts of Wind and Renewables: Texas grid operator ERCOT hit a renewables milest...

Grid Smarts Get Texas Record Amounts of Wind and Renewables: Texas grid operator ERCOT hit a renewables milest...

Texas grid operator ERCOT hit a renewables milestone when on March 7 it used its new grid management tool to integrate over 7,500 megawatts of wind-generated electricity into the state’s power supply. At 8:41 p.m., the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) was using 7,599 megawatts of wind power (22 percent of load ). This surpassed the 7,403-megawatt mark (24 percent) which, at 6:55 a.m. on the previous day had surpassed the 7,400 megawatt record (fifteen percent of load) set at 3:06 p.m. on October 7, 2011. The 7,599-megawatt mark represented over 77 percent of the state’s U.S.-leading 9,838 megawatts of nameplate wind capacity, far exceeding wind’s average 30 percent to 40 percent capacity factor. “March is typically a high wind month for ERCOT, but these new records are also due in part to a new transmission analysis tool we started using this week,” said ERCOT...

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