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Animated Wind Capacity Map

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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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Teaching Tips

  • 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.

About the Science

  • Time series of maps showing installed wind capacity (in megawatts) by state in the U.S.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Mapped data are available as a downloadable animated GIF, a series of still JPG images, and printable PDFs.
  • State-by-state data are also available as a downloadable spreadsheet.

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