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November 2nd, 2011
ERCOT sets new wind record


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, recently reported a new record set for electricity generation from wind systems.

Trip Doggett, ERCOT CEO, said the grid hit 7,400 megawatts on Oct. 7, at 3:06 p.m., exceeding the previous record of 7,355 MW from June 19, at 10:26 a.m. At the time of the new record, wind supplied 15.2 percent of the total system load of 48,733 MW.

The new record included 967 MW from coastal wind farms and 6,433 MW from the west and north zones. ERCOT has 9,452 MW of installed wind capacity, including 7,942 MW in the western part of the state, 292 MW in the north, and 1,216 MW in the coastal region.

The San Marcos City Council in July approved one-time $5,000 incentive payments to city utility customers who install distributed generation systems that include wind and solar-based generators.

Additionally, the city implemented permit fee waivers for utility customers who install city-approved renewable energy systems. Utility customers may sell excess electricity produced from the systems back to the city, which purchases the excess electricity at the same average rate at which the city buys electricity from its suppliers.

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