The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, operator of the state's biggest power grid, said last week's cold front blew in more than snow and ice. "The high winds that sent a chill through Texas last week also contributed to a new wind power record, with wind generation providing 8,638 MW (megawatts) of power at 3:11 p.m. on Dec. 25," ERCOT announced today. That was nearly 26 percent of demand at he time. "This new record is 117 MW higher than the previous 8,521 MW record set on Nov. 10," ERCOT said. "ERCOT has more than 10,000 MW of wind power capacity, with more than 20,000 MW of additional wind generation under review."
ERCOT said more than 6,600 megawatts came from wind farms in West Texas and more than 1,600 megawatts from the Texas Coast.
-- Jim Fuquay