Weekly Observations

  • Texas Wind Slow Season Kicks In With A Bang… In this week’s Windometer update, we observe a material decline in the resource of the northwesterly region of Texas, which is home to a large portion of the state’s generation capacity. Declines are to be expected this time of year; however, the dip is even more pronounced to start June than it normally is. In fact, TEX-WN wind speed clocked in 30% below the long-term average during the first week of June, and as this chart shows is well below the expected range to start the month.
  • …At Just The Wrong Time. Texas wind resource is seasonally lower in the summer months even as the state’s electricity needs start to rise into cooling season.
  • Broader Wind Resource Recedes As Well. Lower wind speeds weren’t just a Texas thing last week. We also noted slower speeds and generation across the nation, with exceptions being the MidAtlantic and NY/NE. On the whole, US wind power generation was  down 36% vs. last week and is starting off June down 30% y/y although still up for the quarter to date after a strong April/May.



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About Lium's Windometer

This exercise synthesizes data from a wide range of sources in the U.S. wind power market to reveal trends in generation, utilization, and the strength of the wind resource itself. The weekly snapshot also provides historical context for this week’s wind market in the U.S. relative to prior periods.  

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