New record set for most wind-power used in Texas

ERCOT, wind-generated power
ERCOT, wind-generated power

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new record for wind generated power used in the ERCOT system was set this past weekend.

KXAN’s Natalie Ferrari looks into how wind farms are playing a big part in serving the state’s electricity demands. The most recent cold front brought incredibly breezy conditions all across the Lone Star State.

According to ERCOT, “wind generation” set a new record last Sunday afternoon for the most wind power used. This usage represented about 45 percent of the state’s total power demand at the time.

Wind farms from all across north, west and south Texas can be thanked for producing this record setting usage.

Going in-depth on just how much power was used, ERCOT says over 15,000 megawatts of electricity was used just on Sunday afternoon. Comparing that to the last output record, which was over 14,000 megawatts on Nov. 17.

The current record for percentage of load served from wind generation is a little over 48 percent, last set on March 23, 2016. While there is more than 17,000 MW of installed wind generation capacity serving the ERCOT system, they say their total is expected to top 19,000 MW by the end of the year.

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