Another wind power mark falls in Texas

Texas, which has far outdistanced other states in building wind farms and will likely widen its lead still further over the next few years, set a record Friday (March 5) for instantaneous wind generation, as detailed by Kate Galbraith in the New York Times Green Inc. blog.

The record mark, 6,272 megawatts (MW), is about what five million average American homes use (on average), and it amounted to 19% of the electricity being used at the time in the Lone Star State.

Look for more records in the not-too-distant future, as Texas moves ahead with ambitious plans to build new transmission lines to the state's windy west.

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