NY generated record amount of wind power last week

Times Union | March 9, 2015 | Post by Larry Rulison

New York state generated a record amount of wind power the afternoon of March 2, according to the New York Independent System Operator in North Greenbush.

Wind farms across the state reached 1,524 megawatts of output at 1 p.m. on that day. Wind gusts reached 51 mph that day in the Capital Region.

That amount of wind generation is significant, and it accounted for 7 percent of the total demand of 20,894 megawatts on the state’s electrical grid. Each megawatt supplies between 800 and 1,000 homes.

“Wind power continues to grow as a power resource and the NYISO continues to optimize our electric system’s use of renewable power,” said NYISO CEO Stephen Whitley.

The total capacity of wind farms in the state is 1,744 megawatts, which means that the wind turbines in the state were running at roughly 87 percent of total output, which is a very high number.

New York has grown its wind generation greatly over the past 10 years. Back in 2005, wind generation capacity totaled just 48 megawatts.

Developers are proposing another 2,000 megawatts of wind generation that has yet to be built.

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