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Wind energy generation by state

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

When you think of Texas energy, you probably think about oil derricks and natural gas pumps. But wind turbines have become a much more prominent part of the landscape of the Lone Star State. Texas leads the nation in electricity generated by wind. The August® 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 May. 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 7.5 percent from April to May.

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

How does the month compare with the previous year?

Total wind generation rose by 17.2 percent nationally from May 2020 to May 2021. Generation increased by the greatest percentage in Arizona, where it more than tripled.

The largest decline was in West Virginia. There were several other states that experienced a decline in wind energy generation since May 2020, including Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, and New Hampshire. 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 May, Iowa took the top spot on the list, receiving more than 65 percent of its electricity from wind. Kansas follows in second place, receiving approximately 52 percent of its energy from wind power.

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(Last updated August 9, 2021)