New Mexico ranks 13th among states for wind-power generation capacity installed in 2014, and 18th for total wind power installed through last year, according to a pair of new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The state had 35 megawatts of wind-driven energy production capacity installed last year, roughly the equivalent of the power needed to serve 10,500 homes, DOE’s “Wind Technologies Market Report” said. ( Download here. )
By far the leader for new wind power installed in 2014 was Texas, with 1,811 MW, followed by Oklahoma (648 MW) and Iowa (511 MW).
Texas also leads for total wind power installed through 2014, at 14,098 MW, followed by California (5,917 MW) and Iowa (5,688 MW). Colorado’s total is 2,593 MW.
As for the percentage of each state’s power generated by wind, New Mexico ranks 13th, at 7 percent, the report says. Iowa is No. 1 at 28.5 percent, followed by South Dakota (25.3 percent) and Kansas (21.7 percent).
Overall, “wind power capacity additions in the United States rebounded in 2014, and continued growth through 2016 is anticipated,” the report said. Last year, 4,854 MW of new wind power capacity was added nationwide and $8.3 billion invested.
By: Mike English (Albuquerque Business First)
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