Wind Power is Big Business in Red States

The real growth in US wind power is taking place in red states. The numbers tell the story. Three of the five states with the most installed wind capacity are Republican-led: Texas, Iowa, and Oklahoma. All of the top five states by percentage of generation by wind are red: Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. Eight of the 12 states that now get 10 percent or more of their electricity generation from wind power are red states. Most have low or no green requirements; market forces are driving their adoption of wind power, says the AP. Falling costs—down 40%+ since 2008—and the growth in wind power jobs—up 20% at the start of last year—are making wind power into good business in red state America.

John Howell, Editorial Director