From Green Right Now Reports
The Texas electric grid, known a ERCOT, set a new record for wind energy use in the state at 10:21 a.m. on Nov. 10, when wind power output provided nearly 26 percent of the “system load” at the the time.
At that moment, wind farms in West Texas and on the Texas coast, provided 8,521 megawatts (MW) of power,surpassing the previous record set on June 19, 2012 by more than 150 MW.
The benchmark suggests that Texas can benefit from both the development of wind farms in the windy western portion of the state, and better integration of wind onto the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) grid, which serves 23 million Texans.
“We have surpassed previous wind power records several times this year,” said Kent Saathoff, ERCOT’s vice president of Grid Operations and System Planning. “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.”
According to ERCOT, one MW of power is enough to supply 200 homes during hot summer days, when utility use is highest, and about 500 homes during periods of “typical consumption.”
Texas leads U.S. states in wind power capacity, with 10,000 MW and plans under review for a potential doubling of that amount. In addition, high voltage transmission lines under construction is expected to greatly improve ERCOT’s ability to bring wind power from West Texas to the state’s urban areas.