Texas grid operator lauds wind farms' contribution during heat wave

08/11/2011 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Officials of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas praised the state's wind farms, especially those along the Gulf Coast, for generating more electricity when a heat wave pushed up demand to record levels last week. Wind farms generated 1,300 to 2,400 megawatts during peak demand, up from the 800 megawatts that ERCOT typically expects. "The wind gods have been very, very good to us this summer," said Ted Hofbauer, director of asset management for Pattern Energy.

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