When you think of Texas energy, you probably think about oil derricks and natural gas pumps and the like. But wind turbines increasing have become part of the landscape of the Lone Star State – so much so that Texas leads the nation, by far, in electricity generated by wind. A Green Energy Solutions analysis of the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows just how much the state dominates.

Texas produced 26.6 percent of the nation’s electricity generated by wind in April. That’s nearly triple the next state, Iowa. Following are the top states for the month, measured in thousand megawatt hours:

StateApril generation% of U.S. generation
Texas8,04626.6
Iowa2,8709.5
Oklahoma2,7769.2
Kansas2,0006.6
California1,7425.8
Illinois1,5835.2
Minnesota1,1123.7
North Dakota1,0763.6
Colorado1,0593.5
Washington8082.7

Nationally, electricity generation from wind increased about 16.1 percent from March to April. Of the 36 states with significant wind generation, 30 showed increases from March to April – Utah generation fell about 6.4 percent. Oregon production increased 108.1 percent.

Following is a list of the states with significant wind energy generation, the amounts (in thousand megawatt hours) produced in April and March, and the percentage increase (or decrease) during the period:

StateAprilMarch% change
Alaska161145.5
Arizona765343.4
California1,7421,24639.8
Colorado1,05993413.4
Hawaii614729.8
Idaho26921525.1
Illinois1,5831,43710.2
Indiana70261214.7
Iowa2,8702,55412.4
Kansas2,0001,8716.9
Maine25822116.7
Maryland575111.8
Massachusetts252119.0
Michigan61153214.8
Minnesota1,1121,113-0.1
Missouri31027711.9
Montana2362159.8
Nebraska685690-0.7
Nevada443237.5
New Hampshire473151.6
New Mexico60154210.9
New York50838930.6
North Carolina5758-1.7
North Dakota1,0761,150-6.4
Ohio2122081.9
Oklahoma2,7762,44713.4
Oregon722347108.1
Pennsylvania37830424.3
Rhode Island23230.0
South Dakota287296-3.0
Texas8,0466,80818.2
Utah797012.9
Vermont423616.7
Washington80850460.3
West Virginia18514428.5
Wisconsin21016130.4
Wyoming43338013.9
U.S.30,21726,03616.1

How does April compare with the same month of 2018?

Total wind generation increased about 12.8 percent nationally from April 2018 to April 2019. Generation decreased by the greatest percentage in North Carolina. Following are the 10 states in which the production of electricity from wind decreased by the greatest percentage or increased by the smallest:

StateApril 2019April 2018% change
North Carolina5764-10.9
New Mexico601662-9.2
Oklahoma2,7762,795-0.7
Delaware110.0
Oregon7227072.1
West Virginia1851802.8
Minnesota1,1121,0496.0
Kansas2,0001,8846.2
Missouri3102916.5
North Dakota1,0761,0086.7

It grew by the largest percentage in Nebraska – a 53.9 percent jump from April 2018. Following are the 10 states in which the production of electricity grew the most from April 2018 to April 2019:

StateApril 2019April 2018% change
Nebraska68544553.9
Rhode Island231553.3
Indiana70249940.7
Iowa2,8702,04440.4
Ohio21215140.4
Illinois1,5831,18433.7
Michigan61148127.0
New York50841323.0
California1,7421,43021.8
Tennesee6520.0

Which states get the highest percentage of their power from wind?

The answer can vary from month to month. For March, Kansas took the top of the list, one of two states that get more than 40 percent of their electricity from wind. Following are the 10 states that relied on wind energy for the largest percentage of their electricity generation.

State% from windState% from wind
Iowa61.3South Dakota29.9
Kansas54.2Minnesota26.0
Oklahoma45.3Nebraska25.9
North Dakota37.6Colorado25.1
Maine30.1Texas24.1