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February 20, 2013 - Wind investments are paying off for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which set a new generation record last week providing 9,481 MW of power -- nearly 28 percent of system load -- at 7:08 p.m. on February 9th.
"As wind generation capacity continues to be added in ERCOT and additional transmission lines are being completed to accommodate that generation, we continue to set new records," said Kent Saathoff, ERCOT's vice president of grid operations and system planning.
Since 2008, Texas has seen significant changes in the electricity market, to the point where wind power and natural gas prices have made large, capital-intensive coal plants uneconomic. Prior to ERCOT's February 9th record, wind power comprised 9.2 percent of total energy used in the region in 2012 and 8.5 percent in 2011. read more>>>