Texas Isn’t Just Oil & Gas: Also Tops in Wind Energy

AUSTIN (Houston Chronicle) – August 24, 2018 – Texas installed over 2,300 megawatts (MW) of wind power in 2017, more than any other state.

According to the Department of Energy, the additions push the state to nearly 22,600 MW of total installed wind power, the highest in the country.

The additions are lower than the 3,615 MW and 2,611 MW of wind installed​​ in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

The report said that 14.8 percent of the energy generated in Texas in 2017 came from wind, up from 12.6 percent in 2016.

Oklahoma had the second highest 2017 wind installations with 851 MW. The state is second to Texas for total wind capacity at 7,495 MW. Iowa and California rank third and fourth with 7,308 and 5,555 MW, respectively.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a megawatt can power roughly 200 homes during periods of peak demand. ​