South Dakota's wind power blows me away this morning. A Future Structure article reports that Kansas is swiftly expanding its wind power generation capacity, with Kansas utilities getting 19.4% of their electricity from wind power. Future Structure says that percentage is behind only Iowa and South Dakota.

South Dakota?! I check the most recent Energy Information Agency information on electricity generation, mash a couple spreadsheets, and get the following data on the percentage of net electrical generation coming from wind in each state in January 2013 and January 2014:

Census Division/State January 2014 January 2013
New England 2.1% 1.8%
Connecticut 0.0% 0.0%
Maine 8.4% 7.6%
Massachusetts 0.8% 0.7%
New Hampshire 2.5% 2.0%
Rhode Island -- --
Vermont 4.6% 3.6%
Middle Atlantic 2.2% 2.0%
New Jersey -- --
New York 3.6% 3.6%
Pennsylvania 2.0% 1.7%
East North Central 4.2% 4.0%
Illinois 7.0% 6.3%
Indiana 3.5% 4.3%
Michigan 4.2% 3.0%
Ohio 1.2% 1.2%
Wisconsin 3.3% 3.4%
West North Central 16.3% 14.4%
Iowa 32.8% 30.8%
Kansas 20.9% 16.9%
Minnesota 19.4% 16.7%
Missouri 1.6% 1.5%
Nebraska 6.4% 4.6%
North Dakota 21.1% 19.4%
South Dakota 36.2% 29.4%
South Atlantic 0.3% 0.3%
Delaware -- --
District of Columbia -- --
Florida 0.0% 0.0%
Georgia 0.0% 0.0%
Maryland 0.8% 1.1%
North Carolina 0.0% 0.0%
South Carolina 0.0% 0.0%
Virginia 0.0% 0.0%
West Virginia 2.2% 2.2%
East South Central 0.0% 0.0%
Alabama 0.0% 0.0%
Kentucky 0.0% 0.0%
Mississippi 0.0% 0.0%
Tennessee 0.1% 0.1%
West South Central 8.6% 6.5%
Arkansas 0.0% 0.0%
Louisiana 0.0% 0.0%
Oklahoma 17.9% 14.3%
Texas 10.5% 7.8%
Mountain 7.2% 5.8%
Arizona 0.3% 0.4%
Colorado 16.7% 14.2%
Idaho 20.1% 15.1%
Montana 10.9% 7.2%
Nevada 0.5% 0.4%
New Mexico 10.4% 5.9%
Utah 0.7% 0.6%
Wyoming 12.8% 11.4%
Pacific Contiguous 4.8% 4.6%
California 3.6% 3.3%
Oregon 8.5% 7.4%
Washington 4.7% 4.9%
Pacific Noncontiguous 4.0% 3.3%
Alaska 3.1% 2.3%
Hawaii 4.6% 4.1%
U.S. Total 4.8% 4.2%

In January 2014, wind generated 36.2% of South Dakota's electricity. Closest to that percentage were Iowa at 32.8%, North Dakota at 21.2%, Kansas at 20.9%, and Idaho at 20.1%.

Now if we could just stop all those nasty wind spills... although the wind we spill into Minnesota helps them generate 19.4% of their electricity.