According to Southwest Power Pool (SPP), wind energy made up 52% of its electricity on February 12, 2017, in an area stretching from Montana to Texas. The new record beats the previous one of 49.2% which was set last spring.
SPP is a grid operator for part of 14 states and over 60,000 miles of transmission lines and is one of five grid operators who saw new wind energy records since December.
According to AWEA: In ERCOT, the grid operator for much of Texas, wind surpassed 16,000 megawatts (MW) on Christmas day. MISO wind output reached 13,599 MW on December 7, while PJM and NE-ISO set new wind output records of 6,249 MW and 871 MW, respectively, in the final days of the year.
Southwest Power Pool’s vice president of operations, Bruce Rew said:
“Ten years ago we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability,”
“Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent. It’s not even our ceiling.”
“With a footprint as broad as ours, even if the wind stops blowing in the upper Great Plains, we can deploy resources waiting in the Midwest and Southwest to make up any sudden deficits.”