Weekly Observations

  • Wind Resource. After extremely good wind resource for the past 6-weeks (5-yr highs), Texas wind speeds came back to earth this week, declining by 17% compared to the prior week. Wind resource for the U.S. total was flatish compared to the prior week, as strong resource in the Northwest and Central regions offset the weakness in Texas.
  • Wind Generation. Lower wind speeds, particularly on Tuesday (4/13), was were partially responsible for the Texas outage scare as gas generation had to scramble to fill the gap (in addition to facilities being out for maintenance season). For April and Q2, wind generation is tracking up 30-40% due to good wind speeds earlier in April and capacity additions.


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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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