In the ultimate months of 2020, electrical energy technology from wind generators within the United States set every day and hourly information. Hourly information collected within the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Hourly Electric Grid Monitor present an hourly report set late within the day on December 22 and a every day report set on the next day.
On April 10, 2019, every day electrical energy technology from wind generators within the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) reached a excessive of 1.42 million megawatthours (MWh). That report stood for a yr and a half earlier than it was surpassed on a number of days in November and December 2020. Wind electrical energy technology reached 1.76 million MWh on December 23, or about 17% of whole electrical energy technology on that day. On common, EIA estimates that wind accounted for 9% of U.S. electrical energy technology in 2020.
Wind-powered electrical energy has elevated within the United States as extra wind generators have been put in lately. Strong wind circumstances in November and December, particularly within the central United States, led to extra output from wind generators. Wind energy surpassed hydropower because the predominant renewable electrical energy technology supply within the United States on an annual foundation in 2019. In its newest Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA expects wind to exceed hydroelectricity in each month of 2021 and 2022.
Hourly dispatch of wind assets additionally established new U.S. information in late 2020. On December 22, within the hour ending 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), 82.zero gigawatts (GW) of electrical energy sourced from wind was dispatched throughout the United States, way more than the earlier hourly dispatch report of 73.four GW set on the night of November 18, 2020. Hourly U.S. wind output stays significantly variable, starting from the excessive of 82.zero GW to a low of 14.6 GW through the 744 hours in December 2020. Wind output within the United States tends to be highest in a single day and lowest throughout noon.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Hourly Electric Grid Monitor
Project builders and grid operators plan so as to add one other 12.2 GW of latest wind capability to the U.S. electrical grid by the top of 2021. More than half of that deliberate capability is in Texas and Oklahoma.
Principal contributor: Mark Morey
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