US Plain States hit the record: More than 52% wind energy

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New record: plain states exceed 50 percent wind power

New record: plain states exceed 50 percent wind power

A region stretching from Montana to Texas set a new record this week, hitting a mark many considered impossible just a few years ago: wind supplied the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) with 52 percent of its electricity on Sunday.

The SPP is a grid operator for parts of 14 states and manages over 60,000 miles of transmission lines. Sunday’s high-water mark bests the previous record of 49.2 percent, achieved last spring “Ten years ago we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability,” said Bruce Rew,... [more]

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