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Where wind power is generated in the US

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Texas. We’re known for big hats, presidents, and oil and gas. So it might suprise you that when the Energy Information Administration asks “how much #windpower is produced in each state?” the Lone Star State comes out on top.  Oh, howdy, Texas:

Earlier this week, ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, announced that wind supplied nearly 10 percent of the state’s energy in 2013, up from 9 percent in 2012 and 5 percent in 2008.

Full disclosure: as aTexan I am quite pleased that we’re ahead of BOTH California and Oklahoma. Energy is an important piece of Texas history, and wind is as much a part of Texas’ story as oil and gas and has its roots back to Ann Richards and George W. Bush’s terms as governors of the state along with healthy support from the federal government in terms of a $23/MWh production tax credit, which is on its way out.

Props to @dbiello for tweeting the link!

David Wogan About the Author: An engineer and policy researcher who writes about energy, technology, and policy - and everything in between. Based in Austin, Texas. Comments? Follow on Twitter @davidwogan.

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  1. 1. Sunflower 6:15 pm 01/28/2014

    Good for Iowa! Today about 25 percent of Iowa’s electricity is generated from wind turbines. Of all the wind power expansions announced this year, the largest by far was MidAmerican Energy Holdings’ decision in May to add 1,050 MW of wind energy capacity in its home state of Iowa, with a price tag of $1.9 billion. I’m surprised South Dakota isn’t on the list. And hopefully we Cornhuskers can make a better contribution in the future.

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  2. 2. MichaelNoble 6:33 pm 01/28/2014

    Minnesota should get credit for wind power in South Dakota and North Dakota because its our public policy that drives construction of wind farms there (plus that both states are so damned windy.)

    Place I would watch in the future is Nebraska. Very windy, high cost power and folks on both sides of the red blue divide are getting fed up with their all public power system hugging coal so tight and dissing their phenomenal wind.

    Recently heard of a Great Plains wind deal at 2.3 cents a kilowatt hour, fixed price, 30 years. Too cheap to keep wind down forever, Nebraska.

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