Historical Wind Energy Generation/ Energy Education

Wind energy generation varies throughout the year based on weather and seasonal wind patterns. This can be seen in the chart below, which shows how wind energy production changes from month to month.

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View 2012 Monthly Wind Energy Production Chart as a PDF
Information provided by the Midwest ISO

Archived Charts

2011 Monthly Wind Energy Production Chart as a PDF
2010 Monthly Wind Energy Production Chart as PDF
Information provided by the Midwest ISO

The above chart shows actual 2012 wind energy generation for an area in the upper Midwest known as the Midwest ISO region. Midwest ISO stands for Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, which is the organization responsible for ensuring reliable flow of electricity throughout the region.

Click here to view historical monthly wind energy generation over the last twelve months in the Midwest ISO region.

Wind energy in the Midwest ISO region produces over 14 million megawatt-hours per year.  This represents 28 percent of total wind energy produced in the United States and is enough electricity to power over 1.3 million homes. A map of the Midwest ISO region is provided below.

Minnesota is a key contributor to wind energy in the Midwest ISO region. Minnesota is second only to Iowa in wind energy produced in the region, and produces enough wind energy to power nearly 450,000 Minnesota homes.