Renewables, Wind

EIA: Four states provide 52 percent of U.S. wind power capacity

Two Red River rivals are No. 1 and 2 in the rankings of U.S. wind electricity generation, according to a new release from the federal Energy Information Administration.

In fact, four states—Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas—combined for more than half of the 275 million MWh in wind power generated nationally in 2018. Texas accounted for more than 25 percent of that, while Oklahoma generated 10 percent of the U.S. wind mix, the EIA release reads.

Iowa wind generation has more than doubled since 2011, now providing 34 percent of total electricity generation in the state. It has surpassed coal-fired generation for the first time statewide and is now second only to natural gas.

Kansas joined the top four in wind producers three years ago. In 2018, wind turbines produced 36 percent of the electricity generated in the state.

Five other states—California, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado—provided another 20 percent of total wind generation in the country.

Wind power produced close to 7 percent of the total electricity generated nationwide last year, according to the EIA. It is close to surpassing hydropower as the top renewable energy resource in the generation mix.