Special Report

US Wind Farms Generating the Most Electricity

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48. Blue Creek Wind Farm
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 302
> State: Ohio

Upon its completion in 2012, the Blue Creek Wind Farm became the largest wind power facility in Ohio, spread over 40,500 acres of land in the northwestern corner of the state. The wind farm employed 500 people during construction. It creates enough electricity to power the equivalent of 76,000 homes.

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47. Radford’s Run Wind Farm
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 306
> State: Illinois

Radford’s Run was the largest single phase wind farm built in Illinois and the largest wind farm built in the U.S. in 2017. It is considered an economic boon for Macon County and the surrounding communities in the central part of the state. Some $55 million was spent during construction, and 80 miles of roads were upgraded.

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46. Milford Wind Corridor Project
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 306
> State: Utah

Located near Milford, a city of just 2,400 residents in western Utah, the Milford Wind Corridor Project was built in two phases between 2008 and 2011. It became the largest wind farm in Utah upon completion of its first phase, which included 97 of its total 165 turbines.

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45. Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 318
> State: Nebraska

The second largest wind farm in Nebraska, the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm was completed in 2018. Its construction cost $420 million. Its 101 turbines help avoid the emission of 940,000 tons of CO2 each year. This is the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars with gas combustion engines from the road.

44. Maple Ridge Wind Farms I & II
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 322
> State: New York

High on a plateau in northern New York, the Maple Ridge Wind Farms benefit from strong “lake effect” winds that blow over the area from Lake Ontario. The largest wind farm in New York was completed in 2006. With 130 feet blades on 260 foot towers, its 195 Danish-made turbines have the capacity to produce 322 MW of electricity.

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