South Dakota is 5th in the U.S. in wind energy potential, so expectations for the wind industry in the Mount Rushmore State are high.1
It only has 803 megawatts of wind energy capacity currently installed,2
which may not sound like a lot, given the significant potential of the state. But that means wind is responsible for over 26% of the state’s electricity generation portfolio.3
Wind power isn’t the only renewable source of energy that contributes significantly to the state’s electricity portfolio. In fact, hydropower is the state’s #1 source of electricity; 65% of the state’s electricity comes from wind and hydro.4
South Dakota is also the 5th largest producer of ethanol in the country.5
The growth of the state’s renewable energy industry has been slightly tempered by the minimal amount of pro-renewable state policies.5
But still, the future of South Dakota’s clean energy economy is bright.
Learn more about energy in South Dakota with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States