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Wind, solar share in US tops 10% in March

Source: EIA's Electric Power Monthly (www.eia.gov).

June 14 (Renewables Now) - Wind and solar power in the US in March for the first time surpassed 10% of the total electricity generation, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The agency expects figures for April to also show a wind-and-solar share of above 10%, while in the summer months it will be below that level.

In the whole of 2016, wind farms and small and large solar power plants accounted for 7% of the US’ total power generation. Texas, the leading wind energy state, contributed significantly to that result. Iowa, meanwhile, was the state with the highest wind-and-solar share, reaching 37% last year.

Six more states produced 20% or more of their power from wind and solar farms. The top 12 list of states by wind and solar generation in 2016 is in the table, as given by the EIA.

Generation
ranking
State Wind/solar share
(in %)
1 Texas 13
2 California 20
3 Iowa 37
4 Oklahoma 25
5 Kansas 30
6 Illinois 6
7 Minnesota 18
8 Colorado 19
9 Washington 7
10 North Dakota 21
11 Oregon 12
12 Arizona 5

In almost all of these states, wind makes up a greater share of the state’s electricity generation than solar, with California and Arizona being the exception.

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