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Wind Gives Unexpected Boost to Texas Power Grid as Storm Drives Up Demand

  • Wind is helping counter higher electricity demand during storm
  • Unexpected wind supply has tamed Texas electricity prices
Ice coats tree branches in Dallas, on Feb. 3.

Ice coats tree branches in Dallas, on Feb. 3.

Photographer: LM Otero/AP Photo

Wind generation in Texas is soaring as a winter storm whips the state, adding an unexpected surge of electric supply as the bitter cold drives up demand on the state’s power grid.

Wind farms were producing about 17.5 gigawatts at 9:55 a.m. local time, 85% higher than the day-ahead forecast, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or Ercot as the grid operator is known. Wind is accounting for about 30% of the grid’s electricity supply. A gigawatt is enough to power about 200,000 Texas homes.