ERCOT hits new wind energy production record

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) hit a new wind record March 7, exceeding the previous record by 196 MW.

Wind output reached 7,599 MW the evening of March 7, exceeding the 7,403 MW record from March 6. Prior to March 6, the record for wind output in ERCOT was 7,400 MW, recorded on Oct. 7, 2011.

At the time of the new record, wind was supplying 22 percent of the total system load, or 34,318 MW.

Coastal wind farms supplied 1,018 MW of the new record, along with 6,581 MW from the west and north zones. ERCOT currently has 9,838 MW of installed wind capacity, including 7,531 MW in the western part of the state; 232 MW in the north; and 2,075 MW in the coastal region.

ERCOT began using the new tool March 6 to calculate day-ahead and real-time west to north stability limits.

ERCOT increased its installed wind capacity last month by 9 MW with the addition of the Harbor Wind project.

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