Wind Power Potential of States

The top twenty states for wind power potential, as measured by annual energy potential in the billions of kW-h, factoring in environmental and land use exclusions for wind class of 3 and higher.
1 North Dakota1,210 11 Colorado 481
2Texas 1,190 12 New Mexico 435
3 Kansas 1,070 13 Idaho  73
4 South Dakota 1,030 14 Michigan  65
5 Montana 1,020 15 New York  62
6 Nebraska   868 16 Illinois  61
7 Wyoming   747 17 California  59
8 Oklahoma   725 18 Wisconsin  58
9 Minnesota   657 19 Maine  56
10 Iowa   551 20 Missouri  52

Note: 1000 billion kW-h is 3.6 EJ. So range is 4.4 EJ to 0.19 EJ.

Source: An Assessment of the Available Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential in the Contiguous United States, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, 1991. Note: this source can't be found at PNL web site, but is at www.osti.gov/energycitations/servlets/purl/5252760-ccuOpk/5252760.PDF [pdf].

The 1991 data was recently found in 20 November 2008 WSJ, page B1: "Clean energy confronts messy reality" by Rebecca Smith. The online article does not have this table. The source above was cited by article



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