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Texas is nation’s leader as US wind energy capacity hits all-time high

The U.S. added more new energy capacity from wind than any other source last year, and Texas was at the forefront of that trend.

In all, 42% of new electricity generation capacity in the U.S. last year came from land-based wind energy — more than from any other source. That’s according to data in a series of reports released this week by the U.S. Department of Energy.

By contrast, solar amounted to only 38% of new capacity last year.

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Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times file Wind turbine pieces are unloaded from a ship in the Port of Corpus Christi late last year. A total of 99,300 tons of wind energy-related equipment and materials passed through the port last year, compared with 57,000 tons in 2014 and 21,000 tons in 2013.

Texas, the nation’s leader in wind capacity, played no small role in those data, as construction for wind energy in the Lone State hit an all-time high.

Texas installed the most land-based wind capacity in 2020, with 4,137 megawatts. The state’s total capacity now stands at 32,686 MW, and nearly 20% of its electricity now comes from wind.

Patrick Gilman, Program Manager for Wind Energy Technologies in the energy department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said Texas remains a low-cost market and is able to attract growth because it has increased its transmission capacity in recent years.

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