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AWEA report: Minnesota ranks 7th in overall wind capacity, U.S. sets record for 4th quarter wind installations


The U.S. wind energy industry had its strongest quarter ever, installing 8,380 MW of wind capacity in fourth quarter 2012, more than doubling the previous record quarter for installations (4,113 MW in fourth quarter 2009), according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2012 Market Report. Minnesota ranks seventh for overall wind capacity, with 2,986 MW.

The United States installed a record 13,124 MW of wind power in 2012, increasing our nation’s overall wind power capacity to 60,007 MW from more than 45,100 wind turbines. Texas led the nation in new fourth-quarter wind installations with 1,289 MW and leads the nation in overall wind capacity with 12,212 MW.

Top 10 states for total wind power (through 2012)

1.
Texas
12,212 MW
2.
California
5,549 MW
3.
Iowa
5,137 MW
4.
Illinois
3,568 MW
5.
Oregon
3,153 MW
6.
Oklahoma
3,134 MW
7.
Minnesota
2,986 MW
8.
Washington
2,808 MW
9.
Kansas
2,712 MW
10.
Colorado
2,301 MW