4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom

This article discusses where wind farms are currently located in the US. Why does a huge swath of the country have hardly any wind turbines at all?

There is no installed wind turbines in Virginia, and most Southeastern states. North Carolina and Tennessee have some installations.

Wind turbines have cropped up like dandelions across large areas of the United States, and thousands more are coming. The US Department of Energy projects that we’ll have 404 gigawatts of wind energy capacity across the country by 2050, up from 89 GW today. Since overall electricity demand is expected to hold steady, that would fulfill more than one-third of the country’s needs.

Texas alone, with 22.6 gigawatts installed, would rank sixth in the world today in total wind capacity if it were its own country.

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