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ERCOT sets new wind power generation record Thursday night

Houston — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported record wind generation of 14,023 MW at 9:20 pm Thursday, as well as record wind penetration of 45.14% later in the evening at 11:08 pm.

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Separate ERCOT data showed wind generation averaged 13,873 MW in the five-minute interval ended 9:20 pm, predominantly in the West and North Hubs, accounting for 11,466 MW, with the South and Houston Hubs accounting for the balance.

The previous wind generation record was set on December 20, when wind generation averaged 13,883 MW at 11:07 am. The previous wind penetration record was also set on December 20 at 3:05 am at 44.71%.

Record wind generation in the ERCOT region comes on the heels of increased wind capacity in the region. More than 4,000 MW of wind capacity was installed in the 16 months from June 2014 through September 2015, according to the US Energy Information Administration. An additional 1,000-2,000 MW was planned to be installed by the end of 2015, EIA said.

Installed wind capacity totaled nearly 16,000 MW, according to ERCOT.

--Charles Noh,
--Edited by Derek Sands,