The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) says turbines spinning within its power grid combined to produce a new record of 4,196 MW of wind power at 6:44 p.m. PT on Sunday.
On Friday, CAISO notes, total wind levels surpassed the 4,000 MW milestone when 4,095 MW helped to power California. Previously, the all-time record peak output for wind energy was 3,944 MW on March 3.
"With these impressive wind production levels, California is well positioned to meet the 33 percent by 2020 green power goal," says CAISO President and CEO Steve Berberich. "Our control center operators are tracking a steady increase in renewable energy, and we are leveraging the latest forecasting technology as well as complementary flexible resources to capture and optimize this carbon-free power supply."