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 January 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 nearly a quarter of the nation’s electricity generated by wind in October. 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 increased by 26.9 percent from September to October. That said, three states with significant wind generation showed decreases during the period.

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

How does the month compare with the previous year?

Total wind generation rose by 6.9 percent nationally from October 2019 to October 2020. Generation increased by the greatest percentage in South Dakota, where it more than doubled.

The largest decline was New Mexico.

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

The answer can vary from month to month. For October, Iowa took the top spot on the list, getting well over half of its electricity from wind.

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(Last updated Jan. 6, 2021)