"Setting Wind Power Records in Texas"

"Texas, the nation's wind-power leader, set a new record for wind generation this morning, when -- at 6:37 a.m. -- about 19 percent of the electricity on the state's main grid was supplied by turbines.

The 6,272-megawatt peak -- which does not include turbines in the windy Panhandle because that region is on a different grid -- surpassed another record, set last Sunday near midday. The state's overall wind average is significantly lower than these spikes: Last year Texas got 6.2 percent of its electricity from wind, according to Dottie Roark, a spokeswoman for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the grid serving most of the state. The nation as a whole has less than 2 percent wind in its electricity mix."

Kate Galbraith reports for Green Inc. in the New York Times March 5, 2010.


Source: Greenwire, 03/08/2010