Xcel sets world record with 55.6% wind penetration
Minneapolis-based utility Xcel Energy set a world record early on the morning of Oct. 6, with 55.6 percent of the electricity on its Public Service of Colorado (PSCo) system between the hours of 4 and 5 a.m. coming from wind, according to the Denver Post.
The Post's Mark Jaffe quoted AWEA's Manager of Transmission Policy, Michael Goggin, as saying that the previous record of 53 percent was achieved in Spain in 2009. According to the article, "Improved wind forecasting, energy trading and grid operating improvements are allowing more wind power to be used, Xcel executives said."
Wind power has faced skepticism for many years (though most of it has come from, or been funded by, competing ...