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    Thursday, March 03, 2016

    WIND BREAKING OUTPUT RECORDS

    Grid operators across U.S. report all time highs for wind energy

    Matthew Bandyk, March 2, 2016 (SNL via Windpower Engineering)

    “A flurry of construction of new wind power facilities led electric grid operators for Texas, the Great Plains and much of the Midwest to each report record-setting amounts of wind energy within several days of each other.,,On Feb. 18, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. grid hit a record peak of wind with 14,023 MW serving the region shortly after 9 p.m. Later that night, ERCOT’s wind penetration rate reached an all-time high of 45.14%...[O]n Feb. 19, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc., which operates the grid in all or part of 15 states from Minnesota to Louisiana, was propelled to a wind peak of 13,084 MW, surpassing the previous peak from Jan. 28 of 12,720 MW…That same day, the Southwest Power Pool Inc., serving states like Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, reached a penetration record of 43.9%...[T]hese records may not stand for long because February is not even the gustiest time of year. The capacity factors of wind farms tend to be the highest in April…” click here for more

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