Wind Energy FAQs: Wind Use and Electricity Price

Wind Use vs. Power Price: Correlation by State

Do electricity consumers in hi-wind states pay more or less than the average for their power?

Included below is a scatter plot of wind penetration and electricity price, by state, for the whole of 2019.

The chart is largely self-explanatory and shows no correlation between wind penetration and power price. Indeed, it actually shows a negative correlation – in othr words high wind states tend to pay less for their electricity – although the relationship is not strong enough to be statistically insignificant.

Of note: the two states (Iowa and Kansas) with the highest wind penetration both have electricity prices below the national average of 10.3 cents/kWh.

Of the top twenty wind states, only three (Maine, Vermont and California) have a power price higher than the national average.