Iowa has hit a pretty big milestone in wind energy generation -- the state now gets 20 percent of its electricity from wind power. That's the highest percentage for any state in the U.S. and about on par with wind heavy nations like Denmark.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported that the state hit the mark in the second quarter of the year after a new 594 MW wind farm came online outside of Adair. The even better news is that Des Moines utility company MidAmerican Energy has two more big projects like it on the way in 2011.
With 4,000 MW, Iowa is second in total installed wind power capacity after Texas, which has 9,000 MW. The Lone Star state's much larger population means that capacity doesn't stack up the same percentage-wise though.
The great lesson from this is that if Iowa can get to 20 percent wind power, any state can, and it looks like we're moving in that direction. The AWEA reported that as of the beginning of July, 7,354 MW of new wind power was under construction in the U.S.
written by Todd klimson, August 16, 2011
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