The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Washington, D.C., recently released its ranking of wind power generation by state. The new listing shows Texas leading in wind capacity and largest wind farms installed; Minnesota and Iowa both generating over 7 percent of their electricity from wind; and Indiana as the state with the fastest growth in wind on a percentage basis. Interestingly Iowa, with 2,883 MW installed, surpassed California (2,653MW) for the No. 2 position in wind power generating capacity. The top five states in terms of capacity installed are Texas (7,907MW); Iowa (2,883MW); California (2,653MW); Minnesota (1,804MW); and Washington (1,479MW). Kansas and New York now have over 1,000 MW of wind power generating capacity — boosting the wind power “gigawatt” state club to nine.
According to AWEA, the wind energy industry installed over 2,800 MW of new generating capacity in the first quarter of 2009, with new projects completed in 15 states and powering the equivalent of 816,000 homes. The total wind power generating capacity in operation in the U.S. is now 28,206 MW, enough to serve over 8 million homes.
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