If you had any doubts whether wind turbine technology was rushing forward in the United States there are specific regions that are setting new records every couple of months. Texas is one hot bed of wind generation progress and you can see why by taking a look at the wind speed map for Texas. Some of the strongest and biggest sustained winds wind through the Texas region and help the area harness more energy than some states could ever hope for.
On June 20th, 2012 it was announced on the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Linkedin Group that the Electric Reliability Council at Texas Inc. had reported they set a record. The message was posted by Jeff Anthony who is the Director of Business Development at American Wind Energy Association.
Jeff’s post stated:
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. reported June 20 that it has set a record for wind generation on its system, with 8,368 MW operating at 7:25 p.m. CT on June 19. The total topped the previous high of 7,925 MW set April 13, the grid operator said.
“This beats that by far,” ERCOT spokeswoman Robbie Searcy said. Wind penetration on the system was 17.64% on June 19, below the previous record of 24% penetration set March 18, she said.
Of the wind generation on the system, 987 MW was from coastal wind and 7,381 MW was non-coastal wind, Searcy said.
The link to the report by ERCOT.com was referenced and includes some interesting graphs as well of the wind energy production in Texas at this wind farm.