Nationwide wind power capacity is projected to grow exponentially in the coming years, with Texas, Wyoming, and Iowa leading the charge.
As renewable energy continues to command center-stage attention and massive financial investment, wind power has proven to be an indispensable tool in the clean energy toolbox.
With this in mind, Texas Real Estate Source, a Texas real estate, travel, and lifestyle website, analyzed installed and projected wind power capacity data in all 50 states and ranked them by total projected capacity, capacity per capita, and capacity per square mile.
The study found that Texas, Wyoming, and Iowa lead the country in wind-power capacity.
Texas is the top wind-powered state in the country with 44,974 MW of projected wind-power capacity. This is more than triple the capacity of second place, Oklahoma, however, due to the large and ever-growing population.
Wyoming leads the nation in wind-power capacity per capita with 6,679 MW projected to serve a population of 581,381. Wyoming’s 6,679 MW ranks sixth in total projected capacity, but as the least-populated state in the nation, it vaults to No. 1 in projected wind-power capacity per capita at 0.011 MW.
Iowa has the most wind-power capacity per square mile. Iowa has a projected 13,444 MW of wind power across only 56,273 square miles of land, or 0.24 MW per square mile. To compare, Texas is third in the country, with 44,974 MW across a vast 268,596 square miles of land.
“It’s no surprise to see Texas significantly outpacing the nation in installed and projected wind power capacity,” a spokesperson from Texas Real Estate Source said. “The combination of boundless land, favorable wind patterns, and highly-respected research institutions has made it the perfect place for wind-power adoption. It’s revealing, however, to see the per capita and per square mile rankings. They give us a more complete picture of which states are at the forefront of wind power development.”
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