Texas Leads the U.S. in Wind Energy
According to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) 2011 Annual Market Report, Texas continues to reign as the national leader in the wind industry. With 10,394 MW of installed wind power capacity, the Lone Star State is holding fast to its commanding lead over the number two state, Iowa, which has only 4,322 MW of installed capacity.
Click here to view a map of each state's installed wind power capacity.
Texas increased megawatts from 7,116 megawatts in 2008 to 10,394 MW (6,294 wind turbines) in 2011. This surpasses the mandate of the Texas Legislature to reach 10,000 megawatts by 2025. Texas was the first state to reach 10,000 megawatts in capacity and is home to seven of the nation's top ten largest wind farms, including four of the top five.
This accomplishment is a testament to the proactive spirit of the public and private sectors to embrace Texas as the emerging market for wind energy and wind-related technologies.
"Amarillo is the ideal location for Alstom's wind power manufacturing hub in North America because it is centrally located in an area that is expected to create a substantial number of new wind-power projects over the next several years." - Alfonso Faubel, Alstom Wind Vice President