Wind energy is typically harnessed using wind turbines to produce electricity, charge batteries, pump water or historically to mill grains. The most common use in Missouri is to produce electricity.
Wind in Missouri
Rock Port, Missouri was the first U.S. city to operate solely on wind energy. Wind energy is gaining speed in Missouri thanks to the state’s proximity to the U.S. Wind Corridor and major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), ensuring efficient access to vendors and customers.
- The average Missouri farm could host 3 to 4 wind turbines and bring in additional income in the form of land lease payments.
- Missouri’s wind speed is approximately 10.0 mph, higher than Texas, Wyoming, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio and California- states typically associated with the wind energy industry.
- Four of Missouri’s neighboring states (Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, and Iowa) are included among the top six states for existing wind capacity.
- Missouri and surrounding states have a combined existing capacity of approximately 24,119 MW—over 28% of the total U.S. current wind power capacity.
- Missouri Renewable Resources Directory
- American Wind Energy Association
- Can I Buy Green Power In My State? (U.S. DOE - Missouri listing)
- Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
- Green Power Partnership (EPA)
- Net Metering and the Easy Connection Act - PUB2238
- Wind Energy - MU Extension
- Wind Energy - US DOE
- Wind Exchange (Wind Energy in Missouri)