On Dec. 31, 2011, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which oversees utility system operations in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and parts of several neighboring states, saw a new high-wind mark of 3,927 MW set between 8 and 9 a.m.
And on Feb. 1, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a federal power marketing agency in the Pacific Northwest, set a wind generation record of 3,478 MW at 1:15 p.m., nipping the old record of 3,477 MW set two days earlier at 5:05 a.m. on Jan. 30.
"It’s great to see wind notching new highs around the country," commented AWEA Manager of Transmission Policy Michael Goggin. "Every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by wind almost always displaces a kilowatt-hour that would otherwise be generated by the most expensive and most polluting power plants on the utility system. More wind generation means cleaner air and savings for utility ratepayers."
Tom Gray, www.awea.org/blog/