U.S. Capacity & Generation
The 4,854 megawatts (MW) of new wind project capacity installed during 2014 were made up of 2,500 wind turbines spread across 19 states.
A total of 65,877 MW of wind capacity were operational in the U.S. at the end of 2014, with nearly 48,000 utility-scale wind turbines online.
Wind power delivered 28% of all new capacity installed over the past five years.
In the wind-rich regions of the Pacific Northwest, Plains states, and Midwest, wind energy was the primary new energy source, providing 60% or more of all new electric generating capacity installed in recent years.
U.S. wind energy installations represent nearly 18% of global wind energy capacity.
Wind energy provided 4.4% of the nation’s electricity during 2014, while all forms of renewable energy provided 13.0% of the nation’s electricity.
Iowa and South Dakota produced more than 25% of their electricity from wind in 2014.
Source: AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report Year Ending 2014 ©
Also in the Report
- Quarterly wind capacity installations
- Wind percent of U.S. electric generation over time
- Growth rate in wind generation and capacity over time
- Global wind power installations
- State rankings for total and new wind capacity
- Map of all wind power projects
- Wind statistics by state