Texas, due to many different factors, blows the competition out of the water when it comes to the number of wind turbines that are found within the state. With a total number of turbines greater than 15-300, it is also the state that generates the most wind power according to its total nameplate capacity. As climate change has become a hot topic in the world, many have taken notice. Whether the data is to be believed or not, many people are on opposite sides of the issue when it comes to the actual effect that energy generation has on the planet.
Nevertheless, the search for renewable and alternative energy suppliers is extremely important to reduce emissions and reach carbon targets. In response to the energy crisis occurring in the world throughout the last few years, the number of turbines in America has continually been increasing every year. Texas, for example, has more than twice as many units installed as the second-place contender, Iowa.
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It is also important to note that these numbers are only recorded for those units that are above 1MW generation in size. Smaller wind turbines that are less than 25kw, for example, do not usually need planning permits, so states can often not estimate the actual amount of all wind generation in a state.
Iowa holds the honor of being the second-largest state in terms of the number of 1MW wind turbines but provides more clarity on whether this number is the most important metric or not. Although Iowa holds close to half the number that Texas has, the current recorded wind generation is nearer to one-third of the power generated by the Texas wind turbines. This starts to paint a better picture of the techniques used in America, where it is important to assess the quality and effectiveness of each state when implementing renewable energy sources.
Using Texas as the metric is a great idea, as it is not only the largest state in terms of the number of turbines, but they are also extremely modern and efficient at generating wind power. Iowa is also impressive when compared to other states in terms of volume, but not its actual nameplate capacity. Kansas, for example, is a contender high on the list that produces nearly double the amount of energy capacity as it has turbines.
Net Generation via Wind (1k MWh)