Wind sets US generation record

Wind generated a record 4.13% of all electricity in the United States in 2013 and has delivered 30% of all new generating capacity for the last five years, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

It was the first time wind power surpassed 4% of the country’s generation mix, the industry group says, citing data from the US Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration.

Wind now supplies electricity for the equivalent of 15.5 million homes.

“The electricity generated by American wind power has more than tripled since 2008 not only due to significant growth in new wind projects, but also technology innovation leading to more productive wind turbines,” says Elizabeth Salerno, vice president of industry data and analysis at AWEA.

Texas generated the most wind energy in 2013 with 35.93 million MWh, followed by Iowa, 15.57 million MWh; California, 13.23 million MWh; and Oklahoma, 10.88 million MWh.

Iowa in 2013 led all states with wind 27.4% of its generation mix followed by South Dakota, 26% and Kansas 19.4%.

AWEA data shows that the industry has 12GW of wind project capacity under construction with 7GW in Texas alone.