December 4, 2017

SPP sets wind and renewable penetration records

Southwest Power Pool set three wind- and renewable-related records on the morning of Dec. 4, 2017. At 05:20, the regional transmission organization (RTO) set new records for both wind and renewable penetration: the amount of load served by wind generation and by all renewable fuel sources, respectively. Wind generation at the time was at 13,271 MW and served 56.25 percent of SPP’s load (23,591 MW), beating SPP’s previous wind penetration record of 54.47 percent set on April 24, 2017.

An additional 467 MW of hydro power pushed total renewable penetration up to a record of 58.23 percent, breaking the RTO’s previous record of 57.71 percent set on March 19, 2017 at 06:40.

At 07:55, SPP also set a 13,588 MW record for peak wind generation, beating the previous record of 13,342 MW set on Feb. 9, 2017 at 21:34.

Derek Wingfield, 501-614-3394,