Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part II)

Part II in a series, this report explores the resources, capacity and transmission; policies and incentives; and economic impacts of wind energy generation in three Southern states: Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia.

A Growing Industry

Remarkably, without much fanfare, the nation’s wind energy sector continues to grow, a testimony to both advances in technology and deliberate measures by policymakers to create an environment to stimulate the development of this power source.

  • At the close of 2016, installed wind capacity surpassed hydropower in the United States for the first time in history.
  • An April 2017 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified the wind turbine technician as the fastest-growing job in the nation.

Propelling Southern States

Of the more than 500 manufacturing facilities in the country contributing to the wind energy supply chain in 2016, more than 100 are located in the South.

  • Texas produces more wind energy than almost any country in the world.
  • Oklahoma is home to nearly 3,400 wind turbines.
  • Virginia’s wind energy industry, while in its infancy, has great potential for future growth.


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Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part II)