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Wind energy generation by state

How your state stacks up among others in generating electricity from wind

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When you think of Texas energy, you probably think about oil derricks and natural gas pumps and the like. But wind turbines increasing have become part of the landscape of the Lone Star State. Texas now leads the nation in electricity generated by wind. The April 2021® Wind Generation Report analyzes the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and shows just how much the state dominates.

Texas produced more than a quarter of the nation’s electricity generated by wind in January. That’s more than twice the amount from the next state, Iowa. Here’s the rest of the Top 10, in thousand megawatt-hours.

States with significant wind energy generation

Nationally, electricity generation from wind decreased by 6.2 percent from December 2020 to January 2021.

Following are the states with significant wind energy generation, the amounts (in thousand megawatt-hours) produced in January, and the percentage increase or decrease from the previous month.

How does the month compare with the previous year?

Total wind generation rose by 6.5 percent nationally from January 2020 to January 2021. Generation increased by the greatest percentage in Arizona, where it more than tripled.

The largest decline was in Wisconsin. There were a few other states that saw a decline in wind energy generation since January 2021, including Utah, Oregon, New York, and Washington. These states produce very small amounts of wind energy on average.

Which states get the highest percentage of their power from wind?

The answer can vary from month to month. For January, Iowa took the top spot on the list, getting more than half of its electricity from wind. Kansas follows in second place, receiving approximately 45 percent of its energy from wind power.

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(Last updated April 6, 2021)