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Published on April 18th, 2014 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration


80% Of US Wind Power In 2013 Generated By 12 States

April 18th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Today in Energy.

map of electric generation from wind by state (2013), as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly

In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA’s March Electric Power Monthly report. Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

These 12 states produced a combined 134 million MWh of electricity from wind. Nationwide, 167 million MWh of power came from wind in 2013, a 19% increase from 2012. Wind power increased its share of U.S. total electricity generation in 2013 from 3.5% to 4.1%. All but 13 states reported to EIA some generation from wind, and 23 states increased their wind generation more than 10% above 2012 production levels. California’s wind generation exceeded geothermal generation for the first time in 2013.

The proportion of wind to total electricity generated varied widely by state. Leading the nation in wind generation share was Iowa with 27.4% of net electricity production coming from wind turbines. Second was South Dakota, at 26%. Other states with more than twice the national share of 4.1% wind power were Kansas, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, and Texas.

Principal contributor: Allen McFarland

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  • Peter Gray

    Thanks for a nice update, Allen!
    If the data is in a handy form, it might be nice to see it presented in density form, by area and/or population (MWh/sq.mile, kWh/person) as well. As is, we can’t see how to compare TX and CA with VT and NJ…

  • Will E

    What a room for more Wind Power generation.
    The eastern states can easily jump in.
    and produce tons of Wind power.
    endless supply, money to be made.

    • Peter Gray

      Mostly no. Look at a wind resource potential map, and you’ll see that it corresponds rather closely to the map above, with a few arguable exception states. I’d be surprised if there’s _ever_ money to be made in the great majority of the southeast. Maybe a little in NC and VA.

      But so what? We all know turbines should be installed first where there’s a good resource and an available market. The SE has a lot of potential for solar and biomass.

      • Bob_Wallace

        Look at this map that includes near-shore wind.

        The SE has wind to harvest. We just need to get our offshore wind industry up and running.

        • Peter Gray

          Good point. It partly depends on assumptions used for defining “wind resources,” but offshore could become an important component. I’m glad to see it being tested and proven in other parts of the world, but will be (pleasantly) surprised to see much installation here anytime soon.

  • JamesWimberley

    What’s up with Nebraska and South Dakota? Their neighbours on al sides all have more wind, so it’s not the resource.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Amount of production doesn’t tell the full story. While South Dakota is lower than North Dakota, SD is producing 26% of their electricity with wind, making it second only to Iowa ( a bit over 27%).

      Nebraska has experienced a ‘red state snit’ and refused to build any hippie power. Recently they seem to have smelled the money their neighbors were making and are now starting to build wind. Look for tie-dye shirts appearing soon….

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