The wind turbines could provide 2,000 MW Tuesday evening and will help cover the electricity consumption at record levels, Energy Minister Toma Petcu has said on Tuesday, during the winter directorate sitting.
Thus, wind power could cover nearly 20% of consumption, as at national level in these frosty days the consumption reaches about 9,700 MW during peak hours.
“We’ll have higher output in the wind energy area. On Monday the output was of 400 MW, currently stands at 1,500 MW and it is growing. We estimate that at peak demand, during 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. some 2,000 MW will be produced by the wind turbines,” the minister said.
He added that the forecasted wind speeds will be optimum for wind turbines operation in Dobrogea.
“Indeed, the turbines have a protection system if the wind exceeds 80-100 km/h but, according to the meteorologists forecast, the winds will reach 55-60 km/h, best for energy production,” Petcu added.
He also noted that on Wednesday he will have a meeting with Hidroelectrica and Romanian waters (Apele romane), given that the Danube is very low and could reach the next four days a minimum of 1,800 cubic meters per second.
Romania has consumed on Monday and during the night of Monday to Tuesday a record amount of natural gas or 72.4 million cubic meters per day, and similar levels are expected for Tuesday. Electricity consumption was of 9,700 MW.