Yesterday the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator and manager of the electric market for most of Texas, reported in the 2011 demand and energy report that  wind generation comprised 8.5% of Texas’ total energy usage in 2011.  This represents an almost 1% increase over the 7.8% recorded in 2010.

The ERCOT region’s overall electricity use increased 5 percent in 2011.  Net energy for load was 335,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) for the year, compared to 319,097 GWh in 2010 and 308,278 GWh in 2009.  April had the highest energy increase compared to the previous year with 14.4 percent, followed by July which increased 12.2 percent compared to last year.  Read more about the ERCOT Report here.