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Top 10 States for Wind Power Growth

Although California still tops the list for megawatts of wind power installed in 2011, states like Ohio, South Dakota and Iowa are increasingly turning to wind power as an alternative energy source, according to a new study by the American Wind Energy Assn. (AWEA).

The U.S. wind industry installed more than 6,810 megawatts (MW) in 2011, a 31 percent increase over 2010, and has more than 8,300 MW currently under construction in 31 states and Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2011 Market Report. The cumulative installed wind capacity in the U.S. grew 17 percent from 2010, and now totals 46,919 MW.

The fastest-growing states for wind power in 2011 were Ohio (929 percent growth over 2010), Vermont (625 percent growth), Massachusetts (151 percent growth), Idaho (75 percent growth) and Maryland (71 percent growth). Only 12 states, mostly in the southeastern U.S., have no wind power presence.

The growth is spurred in large part by the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), which leveraged an average of $17 billion a year in private investments since its introduction in 2009. The incentive, which will expire this year without reauthorization; currently, bipartisan legislation (HR 3307, the American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act) has the support of 56 cosponsors.

Click “next” to view a slideshow of the top 10 states for overall wind power.

 

 tx

No. 1: Texas (unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 10,377 installations

New in 2011: Not known

Under construction: 857.3 MW, 389 turbines

 IA

No. 2: Iowa (unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 4,322 installations

New in 2011: 646.7 MW, 282 turbines

Under construction: Not known.

 

 

 

 CA

No. 3: California (unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 3,927 installations

New in 2011: 921.3 MW, 328 turbines

Under construction: 847.45 MW, 441 turbines

 

 IL

No. 4: Illinois (2010 ranking, No. 5)

Currently installed: 2,743 installations

New in 2011: 692.45 MW, 404 turbines

Under construction: 615.4 MW, 389 turbines

 

 

 

 MN

No. 5: Minnesota (2010 ranking, No. 4)

Currently installed: 2,733 installations

New in 2011: 541.8 MW, 331 turbines

Under construction: Not known.


 WA

No. 6: Washington (Unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 2,573 installations

New in 2011: Not known.

Under construction: Not known.

 OR

No. 7: Oregon (Unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 2,513 installations

New in 2011: Not known.

Under construction: 640 MW, 256 turbines

 


 CO

No. 8: Colorado (Unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 1,800 installations

New in 2011: 501 MW, 262 turbines

Under construction: Not known.

 

 OK

No. 9: Oklahoma (Unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 2,007 installations

New in 2011: Not known.

Under construction: Not known.

 

 ND

No. 10: North Dakota (Unchanged from 2010 ranking)

Currently installed: 1,445 installations

New in 2011: Not known.

Under construction: Not known.

 

 

 

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