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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of the state, has announced that it set a new wind power record on Nov. 10.

Wind power output reached 8,521 MW at 10:21 a.m. This represented nearly 26% of system load at the time and surpassed the previous instantaneous record, set the evening of June 19, by more than 150 MW.

"We have surpassed previous wind power records several times this year," says 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."

Nearly 7,000 MW of the new record included wind power from West Texas wind farms, followed by more than 1,100 MW from wind farms along the Texas coast. ERCOT has more than 10,000 MW of wind power capacity, with nearly 21,000 MW of additional wind generation under review. According to the grid operator, the completion of high-voltage transmission projects in Competitive Renewable Energy Zones by the end of 2013 will improve ERCOT’s ability to move wind power from West Texas to the metropolitan areas, where demand on the grid is highest.


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