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 – so much so that Texas leads the nation, by far, in electricity generated by wind. The October ChooseEnergy.com® Wind Generation Report, an analysis of the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, shows just how much the state dominates.

Texas produced 32.3 percent of the nation’s electricity generated by wind in July. That’s nearly four times the amount from the next state, Oklahoma. Here’s the rest of the Top 10, in thousand megawatt hours.

Top 10 states generating electricity from wind

State July production % of U.S. total
Texas 7,326 32.3
Oklahoma 1,964 8.7
Iowa 1,742 7.7
Kansas 1,643 7.2
California 1,297 5.7
Colorado 946 4.2
Illinois 796 3.5
Oregon 764 3.4
North Dakota 763 3.4
Minnesota 699 3.1

States with significant wind energy generation

Nationally, electricity generation from wind fell nearly 25 percent from June to July. Only one state with significant wind generation showed an increase during the period.

Following are the states with significant wind energy generation, the amounts (in thousand megawatt hours) produced in June and May, and the percentage increase or decrease during the period.

The Choose Energy September Wind Generation Report

State July generation June generation % change
Arizona 46 55 -16.4
California 1,297 1,558 -16.8
Colorado 946 976 -3.1
Hawaii 45 58 -22.4
Idaho 164 217 -24.4
Illinois 796 1,148 -30.7
Indiana 299 436 -31.4
Iowa 1,742 2,722 -36.0
Kansas 1,643 2,515 -34.7
Maine 135 172 -21.5
Maryland 33 47 -29.8
Michigan 362 490 -26.1
Minnesota 699 964 -27.5
Missouri 205 305 -32.8
Montana 155 214 -27.6
Nebraska 570 738 -22.8
Nevada 26 32 -18.8
New Hampshire 33 38 -13.2
New Mexico 456 741 -38.5
New York 309 336 -8.0
North Carolina 24 42 -42.9
North Dakota 763 1,037 -26.4
Ohio 88 142 -38.0
Oklahoma 1,964 3,022 -35.0
Oregon 764 755 1.2
Pennsylvania 234 306 -23.5
Rhode Island 13 15 -13.3
South Dakota 336 459 -26.8
Texas 7,326 9,123 -19.7
Utah 75 76 -1.3
Vermont 25 29 -13.8
Washington 552 677 -18.5
West Virginia 104 147 -29.3
Wisconsin 114 135 -15.6
Wyoming 323 383 -15.7
U.S. 22,700 30,147 -24.7

How does the month compare with the previous year?

Total wind generation increased 3.1 percent nationally from July 2019 to July 2020. Generation increased by the greatest percentage in South Dakota.

Top 10 states where electricity generation from wind increased the most since 2019

State July 2020 July 2019 % change
South Dakota 336 172 95.3
Nebraska 570 460 23.9
North Dakota 763 630 21.1
Wyoming 323 268 20.5
Montana 155 141 9.9
Rhode Island 13 12 8.3
Texas 7,326 6,802 7.7
New Hampshire 33 31 6.5
Colorado 946 889 6.4
Missouri 205 196 4.6

The largest decline was in New Indiana.

Top 10 states where electricity generation from wind decreased the most since 2019

State July 2020 July 2019 % change
Indiana 299 338 -11.5
Maine 135 152 -11.2
North Carolina 24 27 -11.1
Ohio 88 99 -11.1
Oklahoma 1964 2185 -10.1
New Mexico 456 507 -10.1
New York 309 341 -9.4
Wisconsin 114 125 -8.8
Maryland 33 36 -8.3
Idaho 164 176 -6.8

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

The answer can vary from month to month. For Kansas took the top spot on the list, getting nearly a third of its electricity from wind.

Top 10 states generating the highest percentage of electricity from wind

State % from wind State % from wind
Kansas 31.3 Colorado 19.0
Iowa 30.3 Nebraska 15.5
South Dakota 23.9 Texas 14.8
Oklahoma 21.7 Maine 14.8
North Dakota 21.6 Vermont 14.1

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(Last updated Oct. 2, 2020)