Texas shatters record for wind-energy production

March 30, 2014 by  
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Wind power produced a record 10,296 megawatts of electricity to set a new wind generation record.











Nicholas Sakelaris
Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal

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Wind turbines produced 10,296 megawatts of electricity on March 26, shattering the old record by 600 MW, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

The record came at 8:48 p.m. that night. For that moment, wind provided 29 percent of the 35,768 MW generated in ERCOT.

Texas leads the nation in wind generation, so it’s not surprising that this new record stands nationwide among all U.S. power systems, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

ERCOT has 11,000 MW of commercial wind power capacity so at that moment the state was using 94 percent of the total power available. Another 8,000 MW of new wind projects are in development and another 26,700 MW of wind power is being studied.

In 2013, wind power produced more than 37 million MW, or 10 percent of the power in ERCOT.

One megawatt is enough to power 200 homes. 

Nationwide,  new wind turbine installation declined 93 percent in 2013 c ompared to the previous year. The AWEA blames the decline on uncertainty with the Wind Production Tax Credit that wind developers rely on. 

One Dallas company, Tri Global Energy, plans to  build the world’s largest community wind farm with 650 turbines and 1,100 MW in West Texas. 

Nicholas covers the energy and banking beats for the Dallas Business Journal. Subscribe the Energy Inc. newsletter


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