Top 20 States with Wind Energy Resource Potential

THE TOP TWENTY STATES for wind energy potential, as measured by annual energy potential in the billions of kWhs, factoring in environmental and land use exclusions for wind class of 3 and higher.

 

Ranking State Billions of kWhs
1 North Dakota 1,210
2 Texas 1,190
3 Kansas 1,070
4 South Dakota 1,030
5 Montana 1,020
6 Nebraska 868
7 Wyoming 747
8 Oklahoma 725
9 Minnesota 657
10 Iowa 20
11 Colorado 481
12 New Mexico 435
13 Idaho 73
14 Michigan 65
15 New York 62
16 Illinois 61
17 California 59
18 Wisconsin 58
19 Maine 56
20 Missouri 52

The United States has tremendous wind energy resources. Although California gave birth to the modern U.S. wind industry, 16 states have greater wind potential. Installed wind energy generating capacity is now over 20,000 MW. The installed wind power fleet is expected to generate an estimated 48 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy in 2008, just over 1% of U.S. electricity supply, powering the equivalent of over 4.5 million homes. By contrast, the total amount of electricity that could potentially be generated from wind in the United States has been estimated at 10,777 billion kWh annually—more than twice the electricity generated in the U.S. today.

The original article was available at  http://www.awea.org/newsroom/pdf/Top_20_States_with_Wind_Energy_Potential.pdf on September 24, 2009.