Which States Use the Most Renewable Energy… And How They Made it Happen

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Which oil-rich state makes the most wind power in America?

Texas. To the surprise of the local oil industry, Texas is now good for 8,000 MW of pure power from wind. Texas has more than met its Renewable Portfolio Standard that required Texas utilities to get 3% of their power from renewables by 2009 that then-Governor George Bush signed into law in 1999, while preparing to run against Al Gore for president. Or perhaps the idea was to restrict it to 3%? You get what you ask for, I guess.

But, once Texans got into wind they surpassed their RPS requirement. Texas now makes 5% of their electricity from wind, and the state of Texas now makes more wind power than any nation behind comparably sized Germany with 22,000 MW, (which also meets only 3% of Germany’s needs.)

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