Another record falls in the Texas wind

A cold front that blew through Texas late last week helped push Texas wind power generation to a record, the state’s main grid operator reported Wednesday.

Wind turbines in the state generated 9,481 megawatts of power at 7:08 p.m. Saturday, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, surpassing the previous record of 8,667 megawatts on Jan. 29.

When it reached the new record Saturday, wind generated almost 28 percent of the system’s total load at that point, the grid operator said.

It estimates that one megawatt is enough to power 500 homes during periods of typical power consumption and 200 homes during peak demand periods.

For all of 2012, wind provided almost a tenth of electricity in the Reliability Council’s system.