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US Wind Farms Generating the Most Electricity

Source: Courtesy of Pattern Energy

43. Broadview Energy Wind
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 324
> State: New Mexico

On the border between Texas and New Mexico, Broadview Energy Wind is the largest clean energy facility in New Mexico. The wind farm created 650 jobs during construction and employs 18 full-time workers for ongoing operations. Its 181 turbines supply energy to California consumers.

Source: Courtesy of Midamerican Energy Company

42. Beaver Creek Wind Farm I & II
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 340
> State: Iowa

Wind power in Iowa was jump started by a 1983 state law requiring the utility industry to acquire 140 MW of electricity from wind. As of 2021, Iowa power supply was made up of 55% wind, totalling 10,951 MW generated from 5,590 turbines. Commissioned in 2017, Beaver Creek Wind Farm provides 340 MW of that capacity.

Source: Courtesy of Puget Sound Energy

41. Lower Snake River Wind Project
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 343
> State: Washington

Spread over 21,000 acres in southwestern Washington state, the Lower Snake River Wind Project was completed in 2012. With 149 Turbines and a capacity of 343 MW, it is the second largest wind facility in the state.

Source: Courtesy of Starwood Energy Group

40. Stephens Ranch Wind Farm
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 376
> State: Texas

Texas is the windpower capital of the U.S., providing more wind energy than the wind power output of any country in the world except China, the U.S., Germany, and India. It hosts 150 wind generation facilities, including the Stephen Ranch Wind Farm south of Lubbock, the 15th largest in the state.

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39. Papalote Creek Wind Farm
> Installed capacity, in megawatts: 380
> State: Texas

Completed in 2010, the Papalote Creek Wind Farm provides power to over 200,000 homes. It is located in southern Texas, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi and 20 miles from where Hurricane Harvey made landfall in 2017, downing power lines with 90 mile winds. The wind farm was able to continue operating within a few days.

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