Storm helps Texas break wind power generation record
Texas set a new record for wind power generation this month.
Texas set a new record for wind power generation thanks to the powerful thunderstorm that rolled through the state February 9th and 10th.
Wind power peaked at 9,481 megawatts of power at 7:08 p.m, on Feb. 9, according to a press release from ERCOT, which operates the state's power grid. That’s about 28 percent of ERCOT’s load at that time. More than 75 percent of the wind power came from turbines in West Texas, according to a press release.
The previous record was 8,667 megawatts set on Jan. 29.
Oncor has built hundreds of miles of new transmission lines and infrastructure to bring that wind power to the Metroplex as part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones project.
Oncor, the power transmission unit of Energy Future Holdings, and other Texas utilities are adding more transmission lines that will be finished this year.
“As wind generation capacity continues to be added in ERCOT and additional transmission lines are being completed to accommodate that generation, we continue to set new records,” said Kent Saatoff, ERCOT’s vice president of grid operations and system planning.
Wind generation fluctuates throughout the day based on the weather but ERCOT uses the latest technologies to predict patterns and maximize potential, Saathoff said.
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