SPP Bumps into Transmission Constraints as Wind Energy Breaks Records

SPP Bumps into Transmission Constraints as Wind Energy Breaks Records

Mar 23, 2017

by Margarita Fournier; Copyright 2016 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

On 3/22/17, UtilityDIVE reported that the “Southwest Power Pool continues to crack records for wind power penetration, reporting it served 54.22% of load with wind energy at 12:55 a.m. on March 19. But the grid operator may be bumping into transmission constraints, when it comes to finding new customers. SPP’s installed wind generation grew by 3’0% last year, rising from 12GW to more than 16GW but, according to RTO Insider, there isn’t room for much more on the system without new demand. In April 2016, SPP briefly served 49% of its load with wind capacity. This year the grid operator has already topped that figure several times.”

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