10 Incredible Wind Power Facts


38 U.S. States Have Wind Farms

The U.S. is well represented in the race for wind power, with 38 out of 50 states currently operating utility-grade wind installations. Fourteen have more than 1,000 MW of installed wind power -- which, if you recall, is the amount of electricity that can be produced by existing equipment -- and the top five wind-producing states came in with a cumulative capacity of more than 20,000 MW [source: GWEC].

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy published a study that examined what would be necessary in order for wind power to provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030 [source: US Department of Energy]. As the feasibility, both technologically and financially, of these types of activities is determined, and the energy industry discovers ways to make wind as profitable as current energy markets, the number of states eager to capitalize on this natural resource will likely only increase.

States Leading the Way

  • Texas: 10,085 MW
  • Iowa: 3,675 MW
  • California: 3,177 MW
  • Minnesota: 2,192 MW
  • Oregon: 2,104 MW
  • Washington: 2,104 MW