California, Pacific Northwest set new wind generation records
California and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) utility system, which covers much of the Pacific Northwest, have seen new wind generation records set in recent days.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) reported that wind generation on its system reached a new high of 3,934 megawatts (MW) at 12:38 a.m. PST yesterday (March 4). For the full day, wind generated nearly 6 percent of the electricity on system.
The BPA record came February 22, when wind generation there peaked at 4,512 MW at 10:45 p.m. PST.
Wind-generated electricity output has hit new highs in several parts of the country in recent weeks, as the new wind farms built during last year's record wind project construction boom begin adding their production to the nation's electricity supply.
Each new record underscores wind power's ability to generate clean electricity reliably and in increasingly large quantities.
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