Wind power in New Mexico

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Wind power in New Mexico is located in New Mexico
Macho Springs Wind Farm
Macho Springs Wind Farm
Caprock Wind Ranch
Caprock Wind Ranch
Wind power projects in New Mexico
  Green pog.svg Operating
  Orange pog.svg Under construction
  Purple pog.svg Proposed
  Black pog.svg Canceled or decommissioned

Wind power in New Mexico has the potential to generate more than all of the electricity consumed in the U.S. state of New Mexico.








Installed capacity and wind resources[edit]

The following table compares the growth in wind power installed nameplate capacity in MW for New Mexico and the entire United States since 2001.[1]

Year New Mexico US
2001 1 4,275
2002 1 4,685
2003 206 6,370
2004 266 6,725
2005 406 9,149
2006 496 11,603
2007 496 16,819
2008 497 25,170
2009 597 35,159
2010 700 40,180
2011 750 46,919
2012 778 60,007
2013 778 61,108
Installed capacity by state as of 2011 (animated map of installed capacity growth)
Average annual wind power density map for New Mexico at 50m above ground

A 2010 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showed that New Mexico has the potential to install up to 492,083 MW of wind power nameplate capacity, generating 1,644,970 GWh annually.[2][3] For comparison, New Mexico consumed 22,987 GWh of electricity in 2011, and 20,639 GWh in 2005.[4][5]

Wind generation[edit]

New Mexico Wind Generation in 2011
New Mexico Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 1,547 142 149 163 145 108 90 94 123 95 163 133 140
2010 1,832 156 94 168 199 193 139 102 120 136 144 182 199
2011 2,089 183 186 210 248 235 203 118 92 113 159 206 145
2012 2,276 219 213 220 193 194 188 124 120 131 198 182 234

Source:[6][7][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Arizona". American Wind Energy Association. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Estimates of Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential by State for Areas >= 30% Capacity Factor at 80m" (XLS). National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Wind Activities". National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Electric Power and Renewable Energy in Arizona". USDOE, EERE. 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Electric Power Monthly February 2012". USDOE, EIA. February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  6. ^ EIA (July 27, 2012). "Electric Power Monthly Table 1.17.A.". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  7. ^ EIA (July 27, 2012). "Electric Power Monthly Table 1.17.B.". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  8. ^ Electric power monthly, Energy Information Administration, March 2013

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