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Climate Central has just published its WeatherPower Year in Review Report showing which states produced the most wind and solar power in 2021, and Kentucky and Indiana are both on the list.
Let’s lay down some baselines to get started. Electricity is discussed in kWh or kilowatt hours. One kWh equals one kilowatt of sustained power for one hour, or 3600 kilojoules (kJ). A kilowatt-hour is actually quite a small measurement, so we won’t use it much here, but it is the cornerstone of these measurements. A megawatt hour (MWh) is equal to 1000 kilowatt hours and a gigawatt hour (GWh) is equal to one million kilowatt hours.
According to United States Energy Information Administration, the average US household uses 10,715 kWh of electricity each year. In 2021, the contiguous United States would have produced approximately 606,000 GWh of electricity from wind and solar sources, which represents up to 16% of the electricity consumed. Wind energy accounted for about 73% of this total, according to Central Climateand Indiana and Kentucky were part of that power generation.
Indiana ranked 7th nationally for wind generation per square mile in 2021. Kentucky currently has no “wind farms” large enough to add electricity to the grid. Kentucky, however, produces solar energy. Even when driving around the greater Louisville area, you’ve probably seen a few different fields full of solar panels. Kentucky ranked 41st out of 48 for solar power generation per square mile. If you only look at the raw output, we’re actually #44 out of 48.
Looking at those same metrics, both of gross output and power generated per square mile, Indiana ranks 19th in solar power generation in 2021.
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