US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016: 5 Heartland states now more than 20% wind-powered

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied over 5.5 percent of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7 percent in 2015. Read the entire release here.

Photo by Jamie Vesay: Petersburg Wind Farm in Nebraska

FROM AWEA’S UPDATED NEBRASKA FACT SHEET: 

  • Nebraska is one of the top states in the country for potential wind energy generation, with a technical potential of approximately 880,000 megawatts (MW) according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • Nebraska now has 1,328 MW of installed wind power.
  • State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 741
  • Wind projects online: 21 (Projects over 10 MW: 14)
  • Direct and indirect jobs supported: 3,001 to 4,000
  • Total capital investment: $1.7 billion
  • Annual land lease payments: $1-5 million

Download Nebraska’s Fact Sheet.

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