Wind Power Keeps Breaking Records In Central US
Early on the morning of March 16, wind provided 60% of the region’s electric needs. That number set a record, breaking an earlier one set only a week and a half earlier.
Wind power also recently set records for highest peak generation at 15,690 MW and continuously sustained generation of more than 13,000 MW for three days.
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) oversees the region’s power grid, covering part or all of 14 states from as far south as Texas all the way to North Dakota. SPP COO Carl Monroe said his biggest concern with continued wind growth is its unpredictability. Sometimes it produces a lot electricity, and sometimes very little.
“The holy grail in a lot of people’s minds is storage and does storage get to a cost where it’s competitive to where you can use it to offset the intermittency of the wind,” Monroe said.
In 2017, wind provided a little more than 22% of all electricity in the region, second only to coal.