Thursday, March 06, 2014

2013 American Wind Power Milestones

American wind power topped 4 percent of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year and has delivered 30 percent of all new generating capacity for the last five years. In Iowa and South Dakota, wind power now exceeds 25 percent of total electricity production. In nine states it provided more than 12 percent and in 17 states, more than five percent.

Wind power generated 4.13 percent of all the electricity in America in 2013 as the fifth largest electricity source in the U.S., according to the latest data from the Department of Energy Energy Information Administration (EIA). That is enough to power the equivalent of 15.5 million American homes, which is equivalent of all the residential households in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, and Ohio combined.



Texas, the state with the largest electricity load and the most installed wind capacity, also generated the most electricity from wind energy Ă¢€“ over 35.9 million megawatt-hours, or enough to power 3.3 million homes. ERCOT, the main electric grid in Texas, received 9.9 percent of its electrical generation from wind energy during 2013 and is on track to top 10 percent in the coming years considering the 7,000 MW of new capacity now under construction in Texas.

The top states for installed wind capacity all set records in 2013 for the amount of electricity generated. Texas, Iowa, California, and Oklahoma each generated enough electricity to power more than 1 million American homes.



The geographic diversity and abundance of American wind installations is a reflection of the United States' strong wind resource. In a 2010 study, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reported over 10 million MW of wind resource in the U.S., enough to power the equivalent of the nation's total electricity needs 10 times over.

The wind energy industry started 2014 with a record 12,000 MW of wind project capacity under construction and will deliver even more clean and affordable energy to our nationĂ¢€™s electricity generation portfolio.

Access more information on wind generation data and state-level wind energy statistics.  (American Wind Energy Association)

1 comment:

Jason Knight said...

I think that it is awesome that wind power is making a name for its self. My Brother used to live in Tehachapi CA. I believe that the wind farm that they have is the 2nd largest wind farm in America. It was really cool to see it for the first time a few years ago.

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