Thursday, February 21, 2019

ERCOT Sets New Marks for Wind Production

By Tom Kleckner

ERCOT set a new record for wind generation last week, just two days after breaking its mark for penetration.


Wind turbine locations in Texas | Matt Crawford, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute

Wind generators in ERCOT territory — about 90% of Texas — produced 19.7 GW at 7:19 p.m. on Jan. 21, breaking the old mark of 19.2 GW set on Dec. 14, according to market reports. Wind energy accounted for 46.89% of ERCOT’s production at the time.

The grid operator also set a new record for wind penetration at 56.16% on Jan. 19. The new mark came at 3:10 a.m., when wind produced 17.4 GW of energy.

The previous high for wind penetration was 54.64%, set Dec. 27.

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