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Oklahoma Slips To Third Place For Most Wind-Generated Power


Oklahoma still ranks as one of the top states in the nation for wind-generated electricity, but the state recently slipped from being second in the U.S. for wind-turbine produced power.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration last year showed our state produced over 29,000 megawatts of electricity from wind turbines.

A map showing the wind electricity generation by state in 2020.
U.S. Energy Information Administration
A map showing the wind electricity generation by state in 2020.

Until 2020, Oklahoma ranked second in the nation just after Texas, which produces more than triple the megawattage Oklahoma does. But last year, Iowa bumped Oklahoma into third place with that state producing nearly 4,500 megawatts more.

The states that generated the most electricity from wind in 2020 were Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Illinois - producing about a combined 58% of wind generated power in the nation.

According to the EIA, in 2019, for the first time, wind turbines surpassed hydroelectric plants as the top renewable electricity generation source in the U.S. And it's only expected to increase.

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Nyk has worked in radio since 2011 serving as a board operator, on-air announcer and production director for commercial radio stations in Iowa. Originally from the Quad Cities area, Nyk joined KGOU in 2018 as a practicum student studying Creative Media Production at OU. Upon graduating the following year, he became part of KGOU’s staff and is now the local Morning Edition host. When not on the air, Nyk likes to read, listen to music and follow news about the radio industry.
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