According to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), here are the 10 US States with the largest wind power installations:
1. Texas: 9,140 megawatts (MW)
2. Iowa: 3,670 MW
3. California: 2,794 MW
4. Washington: 1,980 MW
5. MInnesota: 1,809 MW
6. Oregon: 1,758 MW
7. Illinois: 1,547 MW
8. New York: 1,274 MW
9. Colorado: 1,246 MW
10. 1,203 MW
The AWEA also found that the US wind energy industry installed a record-breaking 10,000 megawatts of new capacity in 2009. That's enough electricity to power 2.4 million homes. In the 4th quarter of 2009 alone, the wind energy industry brought 4,000 MW of new capacity online.
The State's with the most new wind energy capacity built in 2009 were: Texas (2,292 MW), Indiana (905 MW), Iowa (879), Oregon (691) and Illinois (632).
The full AWEA report can be found here [pdf]: American Wind Energy Association 2009 Year End Report
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