Texas is (yawn) still No. 1 in wind

Texas tacked on another 436 megawatts of wind generating capacity in the third quarter, continuing its lead over any other state and most nations, according to the latest American Wind Energy Association data.
Forgive me for being under-whelmed, but Texas has been cleaning up in the category for so long that it’s easy to overlook. But it is interesting to note how even Iowa (see list below) has overtaken California, where the renewable industry has generally had the most support, in this realm.
The top five states for new capacity added in the third quarter:

• Texas – 436 MW

• Oregon – 251 MW

• Illinois – 201 MW

• Colorado – 174 MW

• Wyoming – 170 MW

The top five states in total operating wind capacity:

• Texas – 8,797 MW

• Iowa – 3,053 MW

• California – 2,787 MW

• Minnesota – 1,805 MW

• Oregon – 1,659 MW

About 1,600 megawatts of wind capacity were added in the U.S. in the quarter, 5,800 megawatts in the year-to-date, bringing the country to more than 31,000 megawatts. One megawatt can power about 800 Texas homes, but given the variability of wind the state’s main grid operator only counts a fraction of the installed capacity toward its total available power resources.