Texas continues to lead the U.S. in wind energy

U.S. wind generation by state, EIA

Texas remains largest producer of wind power in U.S.

Chicago may be known as The Windy City, but that moniker may soon be transferred to Houston, Dallas or Austin if Texas continues generating wind energy at a record pace.

The Lone Star State has been the U.S. leader in electricity generated from wind sources for some time, and 2015 is no exception. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Texas was responsible for nearly a quarter of all electricity generated from wind in the U.S. last year.

Texas had 17.7 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind energy capacity last year and produced almost 45 terrawatt hours (TWh) of electricity with that capacity. The 45 TWh of electricity generated represents 24 percent of all U.S. wind power for 2015.

Texas leads in new installed wind capacity, as well

Not only did Texas produce with one-fourth of all U.S. wind power in 2015, but the state also accounted for nearly half of all new wind power capacity in the nation last year. In 2015, about 44 percent of all wind capacity additions occurred in Texas. Oklahoma and Kansas accounted for 25 percent of new wind power capacity in 2015, so the three states together accounted for nearly 70 percent of all new installed wind power.

Texas was also active constructing networks to transmit the wind energy in 2015. Last year, the state built a 3,600-mile transmission network to better connect rural areas with urban areas. With a detailed focus on both new capacity and networks to transmit the electricity, Texas looks poised to maintain its position as the top wind power state in the U.S. for years to come.

Wind power has been increasing for nearly two decades

According to the EIA, electricity generation from wind sources grew 5.1 percent on a yearly basis in 2015. This is not an uncommon occurrence, as both total wind power and the share of total U.S. power attributed to wind have increased every year since at least 1999.

Source → EIA
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