Wind first ranked as the second-largest source of U.S. electricity generation for an hour in late March 2021.
On March 29, 2022, wind turbines in the Lower 48 states produced 2,017 gigawatthours (GWh) of electricity, making wind the second-largest source of electric generation for that day.
The natural variation of wind speeds contributes to very different amounts of wind generation, depending on the time of day or season.
The growth of wind turbine capacity in the U.S. has led to more wind-powered electricity generation. Wind speeds and the corresponding wind-powered electricity generation often peak during spring. On March 29, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which covers parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and neighboring states, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) both reported new wind penetration records.
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