Texas has set a new record for electricity generated from wind. On November 27th 2016, the ERCOT system saw more than 15,000 megawatts of electricity provided to the grid from wind turbines.
The amount represented about 45% of the spot demand for power in the grid in the afternoon.
“We saw high wind output throughout the day, ranging from just over 10,000 MW during the late night hours to this peak output during the noon hour,” said ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin. “Over the years, ERCOT has taken a number of steps, such as improving renewable generation forecasts, to allow us to operate the grid reliably on days like this.”
During the period, total output from wind approach the system capacity of 17,000 MW.