According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar has exceeded 10% of total U.S. energy generation. In 2016, only 7% of total generation was from wind. Both of these forms of energy generation have grown and it’s hopeful that they will continue to produce more wind energy generation.
The highest levels of wind and solar generation as a percentage of overall generation are during spring and fall months. Because these times are generally lower in overall electricity demands, wind generation reaches its peak percentage during these times of the year.
As a share of total electricity generation, wind generation output was highest in Iowa, at 37%. Along with Iowa, six additional states provided at least 20% of wind generation in 2016.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, nearly 25 million homes in the US are powered by installed wind energy. Additionally, wind energy provides nearly 100,000 jobs to related to all outlets of the wind industry.
In relation to other outlets of energy production, wind energy generation is more prominent than solar energy production, in almost all states.
For the summer months, wind energy is expected to fall back below the 10% generation mark. As the weather cools, the percentage of wind energy generation is expected to increase once again and continuously ascend.