Texas Record – Wind Propels ERCOT to New Wind Record of 9,481 MW

Wonderful news from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT): A strong weekend cold front that brought needed rain to much of Texas also propelled the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to a new wind power record, with wind generation providing 9,481 MW of power at 7:08 p.m. on Feb. 9. The generation providedContinue reading “Texas Record – Wind Propels ERCOT to New Wind Record of 9,481 MW”

NNSA Awards Contract for Largest Federal Wind Farm to Siemens

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (Siemens) to construct and operate the Federal government’s largest wind farm. The Pantex wind farm, a first in the NNSA enterprise, will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex Plant.Continue reading “NNSA Awards Contract for Largest Federal Wind Farm to Siemens”

Fort Hays State University Harnesses Wind to Power University

Two Vestas wind turbines will soon rise above “College Hill” providing energy to the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) campus.  FHSU President Edward Hammond announced signing of contracts for the installation of two 400-feet-tall wind turbines. A project more than six years in the making, the FHSU wind turbines are hoped to provide annual energyContinue reading “Fort Hays State University Harnesses Wind to Power University”

Google Announces Major Investment in Texas Wind Energy

Spinning Spur Wind Farm will generate enough electricity to power 60,000 homes. Today, Google announced substantial equity investment in the 161 megawatt Spinning Spur wind farm in Oldham County, Texas. This investment is the first that Google has made in Texas renewable energy but follows a long history of energy investments, especially in wind. TheContinue reading “Google Announces Major Investment in Texas Wind Energy”

The Wind Coalition Hires Jeff Clark as Executive Director

Austin, Texas — The Wind Coalition today announced the hiring of veteran government affairs professional Jeff Clark as its new executive director. Clark most recently served as the Vice President of Governmental Affairs for TechAmerica. He previously worked as the executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business-Texas, as governmental affairs manager at theContinue reading “The Wind Coalition Hires Jeff Clark as Executive Director”

Edison Mission Group and Nebraska Public Power District Announce Construction of New Nebraska Wind Farm

(CROFTON, NEBRASKA) (BUSINESS WIRE) — Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International EIX +0.82% , and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) announced today that construction has started on a new wind project capable of producing enough energy to meet the needs of about 14,000 homes in Nebraska. The Crofton Bluffs project is locatedContinue reading “Edison Mission Group and Nebraska Public Power District Announce Construction of New Nebraska Wind Farm”

Wind Industry Fights to Defend Its Position as Clean Energy Alternative study

From The Daily Oklahoman by Christ Casteel Washington, DC – The Obama administration’s emphasis on clean energy and the fight in Congress over energy legislation is creating some tension among certain sectors, including the natural gas and wind power industries. Wind industry fights to defend its position as clean energy alternative The American Wind Energy AssociationContinue reading “Wind Industry Fights to Defend Its Position as Clean Energy Alternative study”

Grid Interconnections

How are new power plants interconnected to ERCOT? Texas is divided electrically among four electrical systems as illustrated below. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is the primary grid operator for 85% of the power consumed in Texas. ERCOT has an open access transmission system, meaning that any generator can connect to any transmissionContinue reading “Grid Interconnections”