December 9, 2016

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US Wind Generation Sets New Records Throughout 2016 (Jesse Broehl, 12/09/16, Forbes)

The past decade of steady wind plant commissioning throughout the United States is paying dividends with new records being achieved on the proportion of electricity demand sourced by wind. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for the state, recently announced it had hit an all-time record of wind output on November 27, with 15,033 MW of wind online just after noon that day. This represented around 45% of total electricity demand in the state, with over 24 million residents served by the ERCOT grid. The portion of load served by wind that day ranged from about 35% to more than 46%, averaging nearly 41% throughout the day. The previous wind generation output record of 14,122 MW was set on November 17, 2016. The current record for percentage of load served--48.28%--was set on March 23, 2016, at 1:10 a.m.

On an overall annual basis, in 2015, wind generation provided 11.7% of the energy used in the ERCOT region. As of the end of October, wind had served 14.7% of the region's energy needs so far in 2016. 

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