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Surge of US investment in wind power

27 Oct 2015

A new study from the Department of Energy confirms U.S. investment in wind power surged in 2014, with more than a third of that new capacity in Texas.

The Lone Star added 1,811 MW worth of wind power last year. That’s more electricity than the next four-largest wind states — Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska — combined. It brings Texas’ total capacity for generating electricity from wind to 14,098 MW, roughly 9% of the state’s total power generating capacity.

Wind power plants capable of generating an additional 6,800 MW of electricity are currently under construction in Texas and are due to come online by the end of 2016.