Analysis By Ella Nilsen, CNN
As E&E reporter Ben Storrow noted
and the EIA confirmed, wind turbines last Tuesday generated over 2,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity, edging out electricity generated by nuclear and coal (but still trailing behind natural gas).
Last year, wind was the fourth-largest electricity source behind natural gas, coal, and nuclear, generating close to 380 terawatt-hours for the entire year, according to the EIA. For context, a terawatt is a thousand times bigger than a gigawatt.
Major milestone aside, wind energy in the US is still lagging behind one European country that recently broke a record of its own: Germany.
Although the US has more wind capacity by sheer numbers — it’s a larger country with a larger population — Germany is outpacing the US in terms of how much electricity it gets from wind. In February alone, windmills in Germany generated a record 20.6 terawatt-hours of wind energy, Rystad Energy reported Tuesday
, which made up 45% of its total energy in February.
In 2020 — the most recent year the EIA has robust statistics for — Germany got 24% of its electricity from wind, compared to 8% in the US.