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Wind gives bigger share of electricity generation in the US

UNITED STATES: Wind power generation rose in 2013 and produced more than 10% of electricity in nine states, up from five in 2011. Across the country, wind generated 3.5% of the nation's electricity, behind coal with 37%, natural gas with 30%, nuclear with 19% and hydro-electric with 6.9%.

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According to the American Wind Energy Association, in 2007 Iowa was the only state to have more than 5% of its electricity provided by wind. It now has over 5GW of installed capacity, and is the state sourcing the highest proportion of electricity from wind, at 24.5%.

However, these figures do not tell the whole story. It is interesting that a state like South Dakota, which has only 784MW installed and did not install any capacity last year, sources almost a quarter of its electricity from wind. This can be attributed to its low demand due to a small industrial base and small population.

It is worth noting that these statistics count megawatt hours generated in a state as being used by that state. In a state such as California, which may be importing wind, these totals are lower than the total renewables used.

US wind generaton share map

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