Animated Wind Capacity Map

This map shows how much electrical power is produced from wind in each state from 1999 through 2010. The animation shows a general increase in the amount of wind power produced per state and the number of states producing it.

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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Students can explore potential for wind power at locations around their own or other states.

Downloadable spreadsheet of tabular data enables users to produce and compare graphs of patterns they notice in the animated maps. State-by-state data allows students to compare wind power in their own state to others.

Though installed wind power has increased very rapidly, students should be aware that the total amount of electricity produced by wind is still very small compared with the amount produced by fossil fuels.

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