Iowa passes California as second largest wind generator

Texas is still far and away the nation’s top state for wind power generation although Iowa has now slipped passed California for the No. 2, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said in a Jan. 27 market update for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Texas continues to lead the nation with over 17,700 MW of installed capacity, more than twice the installed capacity of any other state, AWEA said in its quarterly market update.

“Iowa is now ranked second in the nation with more than 6,000 MW of installed capacity,” AWEA said in an executive summary of the report. The Iowa total puts it just ahead of California, which is the third biggest wind generator.

Oklahoma is No. 4 and Illinois is No. 5. The rest of the top 10 includes Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

New Mexico became the 17th state to pass the 1,000 MW capacity threshold during the fourth quarter with 268 MW installed., AWEA said.

The American wind industry installed 5,001 MW during the fourth quarter of 2015, the second highest quarterly activity on record, according to data released Jan. 27 by AWEA.

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