EIA report: states generating 10 percent of their electricity from wind

Source: By U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly • Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2016

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a Today in Energy article that looks at the increase in the number of states generating 10% of their electricity from wind.

graph of wind share of electricity generation by state, as explained in the article text

Key points in the article include:

  • In 2015, 11 states generated at least 10% of their total electricity from wind. As recently as 2010, only three states had at least a 10% wind share.
  • The increase of wind power in the United States has been driven by a combination of technology and policy changes. Technological changes include improved wind technology and increased access to transmission capacity. Policies such as the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), Investment Tax Credit (ITC), and state-level renewable portfolio standards (RPS) have led states to build more wind capacity.
  • At the national level, wind’s share of total U.S. electricity generation has risen every year since 2001. Wind facilities produced 190,927 gigawatthours (GWh) of electricity in 2015, accounting for 4.7% of net U.S. electric power generation. Based on monthly data through July of this year, wind has provided 5.6% of U.S. generation in 2016.

View the full article for additional information.