The US set a new record for daily wind electricity generation on December 23, 2020. According to the EIA, a total of 1.76 million MWh were generated from wind in the lower 48 states. The new record represented approximately 17% of the total daily US electricity generation. This new milestone eclipsed the pre-2020 record of 1.42 million MWh, set on April 10, 2019.
Electricity generated from wind turbines has been steadily increasing. The EIA reports that as of November 2020 there was approximately 112 GW of installed wind capacity in the US. An additional 12 GW of new wind capacity is expected to be added in the US before the end of 2021. The push for renewable energy and extension of production tax credits have lead to an increase in the number of turbine installations, while optimal wind conditions have helped boost generation.