Texas wind power set a new record late Thursday

Source: By Fuel/Fix • Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wind power in the Texas grid set a new record at 9:20 p.m. Thursday evening when it generated 14,023 megawatts of power.

Wind turbines accounted for more than 45 percent of the grid’s overall load at certain points late Thursday as Texas increasingly relies more on renewable power. February has proven a particularly windy month thus far.

The previous peak wind record was set Dec. 20 at 13,883 megawatts, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages about 90 percent of the state’s grid load. One megawatt is typically enough to power 200 homes during peak demand.

The new record may not last for long as more wind farms are constantly being built in West Texas, the Panhandle and the Texas Gulf Coast.

More than 20 percent of ERCOT’s electricity capacity of 80,000 megawatts now comes from wind. And more wind is on the way. About 5,000 more megawatts of wind power are being built in Texas.