Southwest Power Pool (SPP) - Moving from Coal to Wind - Update
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- Aug 6, 2020 5:48 pm GMTAug 6, 2020 6:29 pm GMT
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Wind replacing coal - great to see. Earlier this year I wrote an article which showed full year 2019 fuel share for generation on the SPP grid. In that note, I speculated that 2020 might be the year when Wind generation passes coal on the SPP grid to become the No 1 source of electricity.
SPP recently released their Spring 2020 quarterly report so we now have six months of data to look at:
For the first 6 months of 2020 Wind has been the No 1 source of electricity on the SPP grid.
The summer quarter is usually the worst quarter for wind - so coal has not lost yet. Let's see how the full year turns out.
Meanwhile - Wind Capacity is growing steadily on the SPP grid.
Wind capacity in the footprint continues to grow steadily year-over-year, with nameplate wind capacity increasing from a monthly average of 17,725 MW in spring 2018 to 22,695 MW in spring 2020.
with more installations planned before year-end. How high can wind go on the SPP grid?
SPP currently has 24 GW of installed wind capacity, a figure it expects to grow to 27 GW by the end of the year.