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ERCOT sets record wind output Friday

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas set a wind-output record of 16,141 MW Friday night, it reported on Saturday in its daily wind integration report.

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ERCOT said the record was set at 8:56 pm CDT Friday and wind accounted for about 39.5% of the total power demand at that time.

In the real-time market, for the 15 minutes interval ended 9 pm Friday, the price for ERCOT West Hub was about $5.50/MWh, while prices for all other hubs averaged near $13.50/MWh.

The US National Weather Service office in San Angelo, Texas, reported the local peak gust speed registered was around 42 mph while the average wind speed was around 19 mph on Friday. Meanwhile, the average wind speed has been 13 mph in March.

ERCOT's prior record was 16,022 MW, set on December 25, 2016. The grid operator reported earlier a new wind penetration record of 50% on March 23.

The latest ERCOT data showed installed wind capacity totaled 18,358 MW as of March 1, while a total of 26,510 MW was in queue for study. It expects another 5,584 MW to be added to the grid by the end of 2017, to bring the total across its footprint to 23,942 MW.

--Jeff Zhou,

--Edited by Derek Sands,