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Published on November 28th, 2012 | by Adam Johnston

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MISO Wind Output Blows Past 10,000 MW

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November 28th, 2012 by
 
 
Overnight on Friday November 23rd, Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Incorporated (MISO) made some serious headwind by blowing past the 10 gigawatt (GW) mark for wind energy produced. Production topped out at 10,012 megawatts (MW) during that faithful evening, according to a statement from MISO.

The organization, which watches over the high-voltage system and offers open-transmission assistance over 11 states in the Midwest United States and the Canadian province of Manitoba, yesterday announced the milestone.

This is quite significant, considering during the same period that day, wind output represented 25% of the energy being used within the MISO region.

Officials have been supportive of wind energy’s upward trend as an energy solution in the Midwest US and Canada.

“Wind represents one of the fuel choices that helps us manage congestion on the system and ultimately helps keep prices low for our customers and the end-use consumer,” said MISO’s Executive Director of Real Time Operations Joe Gardner in the release.

“When we have significant quantities of wind being generated, we use less of other, more expensive, generation types to keep the system in balance.”

Since 2006, wind capacity in the region has rapidly advanced, with the organization watching over 12,000 MW of registered wind capacity this year, in comparison to just 1,112 MW six years ago.
 

 
MISO is one of the largest energy markets in the world, grossing $23.6 billion in energy market transactions annually. The organization covers 11 states, including: Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO’s headquarters are located in Carmel, Indiana, and the company has centers both in Carmel and in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Source: MISO

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Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com.



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