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Wind Energy Overview

Houston is home to more than 30 wind-related companies.
Published on 5/1/19
Houston Wind Energy Overview

Texas ranks first in the country for both installed and under construction wind capacity, supporting over 24,000 wind-related jobs, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) ’18 annual report.

  • Installed wind capacity: 24,899 MW
  • Number of wind turbines: 13,361
  • Wind projects under construction: 5,322 MW

Wind energy provided 18.6 percent of all in-state electricity production in Texas in ’18.

Texas has the highest utility-scale wind-energy generation employment in the nation (excludes residential/non-residential installation, manufacturing, trade & distribution, maintenance, and other), representing nearly 40 percent of the nation’s total and more than 3X larger than California.

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In the Houston metro area, seven utility-scale wind energy generation establishments employ 766 workers with an average weekly wage of $2,694—the second highest weekly wage in the nation.

The city of Houston is the no. 1 municipal purchaser of renewable energy as of January 22, ’18, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The City will be using almost 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which accounts for 89% of the city's total electricity use. 

Houston-based companies that have signed a contract to purchase wind power for five years or more include Katalyst Data Management (167,232 kWh annually) and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation (75,000 kWh annually).

 

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research
713-844-3616
pjankowski@houston.org

Roel Gabe Martinez, GISP, CERP
Director, Research
713-844-3619
rmartinez@houston.org

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Wind energy's part of all in-state electricity production in Texas

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Texas ranks #1 in the country for wind capacity

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