It’s no secret to Texans that the state is a leader in generation of wind energy. In January, the most recent month for which data is available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas produced 6,842 thousand megawatt hours of electricity – one megawatt hour is enough to power 750 homes at once.
Texas is not only a leader in wind energy – it is, by one major measure – the leader in it. The state’s production is more than twice that of its nearest rival, Oklahoma. Not only that, Texas produces more than a quarter of the nation’s wind-generated electricity.
Following are the 10 states that produce the most electricity from wind power, the amount of electricity they produce (in thousand megawatt hours, and the percentage of the U.S. total electricity generated by wind:
|State||Production||% of US total|
While Texas is king of wind as far as overall production, other states finish ahead of it in another important measure – the percentage of a state’s overall power from that source. There states generated more than a third of their electricity in January from not-so-thin air.
Because the Lone Star State generates more electricity than any other state – 38,146,731 megawatt hours in January, for example – the percentage that comes from wind is diluted. That said, Texas still ranks among the top 10 in the percentage of its electricity that comes from wind.
Following are the top 10 states in terms of the percentage of their electricity that comes from wind generation:
|State||% from wind||State||% from wind|
Now that it has been established that Texas gets 17.9 percent of its electricity from wind power, the question arises: Where does the rest of the state’s energy come from?
Following are the top energy sources for Texas and the percentage of power derived from each:
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