ERCOT monthly status report shows growing wind sector

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said in its June monthly status report that is now has 10,570 MW of installed wind capacity as reported by the resource owners.

ERCOT expects to have 11,732 MW of installed wind capacity in the region by the end of 2013. Total installed wind capacity in ERCOT is expected to hit 15,232 MW by the end of 2016, according to the status report.

ERCOT posted the report on its website July 11.

The wind data is based upon the latest registration information provided by resource owners and is subject to change, ERCOT said

ERCOT recently signed an interconnection agreement for the 499-MW Hereford wind project in Castro County. GenerationHub data indicates that the Higher Power Energy project is scheduled for deployment in 2014.

New generation recently registered for commercial operations includes the 10-MW Bryan Solar in Presidio County as well as NRG Energy’s 75-MW natural gas peaker expansion at the W.A. Parish station. The gas unit is now operational and ready for dispatch, according to NRG.

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