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The April 2016 “wind drought” shows that wind power is now a major driver of near-term fossil fuel demand


The April 2016 “wind drought” shows that wind power is now a major driver of near-term fossil fuel demand

Report summary

On Thursday April 21st Wood Mackenzie staff noticed a significant uptick in gas demand from the U.S. power sector during the week compared to the previous weeks in April. There was nothing obvious from power loads or nuclear outages that would warrant such an uptick in gas demand. Subsequently, an analysis of daily wind generation data posted by the various ISO’s and other publicly available data confirmed that there had been a large coincident drop in wind power output across most of the U.S., and this was mirrored by an uptick in power gas demand.


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  • The April 2016 “wind drought” shows that wind power is now a major driver of near-term fossil fuel demand

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  • The April 2016 “wind drought” shows that wind power is now a major driver of near-term fossil fuel demand
    • Daily Average Wind Generation and Estimated Power Gas Burn (4/1/16 - 4/21/16)
    • ERCOT Hourly Wind Generation and Equivalent Gas Displacement (4/13/16 - 4/21/16)
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