EIA Reports Wind Energy Stats that Will Blow Your Mind

Renewable energy sources are a hot commodity right now, but did you know that last year, merely 12 states produced 80% of our nation’s wind power?  That’s right.  Less than a quarter of the United States produced the majority of our wind-generated electricity.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported, “Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity.”  The Lone Star State has long been known for its oil production, but recently, it has been working hard to keep up with the times and produce more sustainable power.  Earlier this month, Texas officials reported a $2.2 million investment in offshore wind research, which will surely catapult the state in its desired direction.

“Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming,” stated the EIA.

Image courtesy of EIA

Image courtesy of EIA

Combined, these 12 states produced a total of 134 million MWh of wind-generated electricity.  Compare that to the nation’s total of 167 million MWh and you’ll understand the amazement.

These states are not the only ones jumping on the wind energy bandwagon.  The EIA reported that 23 states have increased their wind generation by more than 10 percent since 2012.  Clearly, things are looking up for renewable energy, especially wind!

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