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Wind-power generated in California marks a record peak

April 09, 2013|By Marc Lifsher
  • A wind turbine near Palm Springs.
A wind turbine near Palm Springs. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty…)

SACRAMENTO -- California wind power generators produced a record 4,196 megawatts of electricity Sunday evening, the state's grid operator reported.

That's enough power to run more than three million houses in Southern California.

Sunday's record bested the previous peak production of 4,095 megawatts the previous Friday and the earlier record of 3,944 megawatts on March 3, according to the Independent System Operator, the agency that controls about four-fifths of California's high-voltage electricity network.

"With these impressive wind production levels, California is well positioned to meet the 33% by 2020 green power goal," said ISO President Steve Berberich. "Our control center operators are tracking a steady increase in renewable energy."

California law requires that the state get one third of all its electricity from renewable sources in seven years' time.

California's wind power production is second only to Texas', which hit its own production record of 9,481 megawatts on Feb. 9.

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