The Folsom-based California Independent System Operator, which
operates the state's wholesale electricity transmission grid, said wind power
turbines on the grid set a new record of 4,196 megawatts on Sunday.
The record came at 6:44 p.m. That mark came on the heels of Friday's passing of the 4,000-megawatt threshold. Previously, the Cal-ISO all-time record peak output for wind energy was 3,944 megawatts.
"With these impressive wind-production levels, California is well positioned to meet the 33 percent by 2020 green power goal," said Cal ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich.
Currently, a total of 5,899 megawatts of wind plant capacity is installed within the state's ISO grid.
California is the nation's second-largest producer of wind power, trailing Texas, which ISO said has a current wind-generation peak capacity of 10,407 megawatts.
(c)2013 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)
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