Wind power sees record mark in region
TOPEKA — More than a third of the power used in a region including Kansas on Monday morning came from wind energy.
The Southwest Power Pool tweeted at about noon Monday that a record 36.8 percent of the electricity dispatched for use for part of Monday morning came from wind. SPP runs an electricity market for a nine-state region including Kansas and decides what sources of power to dispatch based on cost and ability to meet demand.
Tom Kleckner, spokesman for SPP, said part of the reason the percentage of electricity coming from wind was so high was that power usage is relatively low in the spring. Usage typically peaks over the summer, when most people are using air conditioning.