AWEA: U.S. is tops in the world in wind energy production

Wind Farm by Cattle Ranch in Washington State

Wind accounted for nearly 5 percent of U.S. electricity in 2015

The United States is maintaining its role as a leader of wind energy production across the globe, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said in a recent report.

According to the AWEA, the U.S. wind generated more than 190 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2015, which leads second-place China (185.1 million MWh) by a small margin and third-place Germany (84.6 million MWh) by a wide margin.

The 190 million MWh on wind-generated electricity is enough to power roughly 17.5 million U.S. homes, the AWEA noted.

Wind besting solar

Wind generated about 4.7 percent of all electricity in the U.S. last year, a total that is more than five times larger than solar, which generated approximately 0.94 percent of all U.S. electricity in 2015.

The total amount of electricity generated by wind in 2015 was enough meet demand in trio of large states, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the AWEA said.

Distribution of wind energy wealth

A growing list of states generated a minimum of 10 percent of electricity from wind in 2015. All told, twelve states — Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Maine and Vermont — met that 10-percent mark last year.

Source → American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)