According to the American Wind Energy Association, the last quarter of 2012 brought the total wind installations for 2012 to 13,131 megawatts of power.
This influx of new power extends the total of cumulative wind capacity for the United States to 60,007 megawatts. However, some states are much more instrumental in this than others.
Top Wind Power Capacity States
Through the year 2012, these are the top states for having installations of wind power:
• Texas – Texas is leaps and bounds the forerunner of the wind power states, even beating out “green loving” California. Texas has a total of 12,212 megawatts of wind power capacity across the state.
• California – This green state typically is on the cutting edge, but comes in #2 on wind energy. California had 5,549 megawatts of wind power capacity by the end of 2012.
• Iowa – Iowa may not have California’s square footage, but they come in nearly identical to the state on wind power. Iowa lists 5,137 megawatts of wind power.
• Illinois – Illinois has a solid showing with 3,568 megawatts of wind power for the 2012 year end. The reports show them at the cusp of being a front runner for green power options.
• Oregon – Oregon by the end of 2012 had 3,153 megawatts of wind power capacity. A solid effort by a surprising state.
• Minnesota – Minnesota is one of the states that seem to be doing right when it comes to wind power energy with an impressive 2,986 megawatts of power listed in the Energy Association Fourth Quarter 2012 market report.
• Kansas – Kansas is stepping up efforts in promoting green energy, showing 2,712 megawatts of wind power capacity on the reports.
• Washington – Washington nearly makes it to 3,000 megawatts, reporting 2,808 on the report. Perhaps 2013 is the year for Washington to break that 3K mark.
• Oklahoma – Oklahoma reports a solid 3,134 megawatts of wind power capacity throughout the state.
As you can see, some states are making great strides to promote and generate green power.
There are states on the list that may surprise you, as well as some that don’t.
What about the states that aren’t listing ANY megawatts on the report?
States That Are Getting it Wrong
These states do not even have one megawatt of wind power capacity listed on the Energy Association Fourth Quarter 2012 market report:
• South Carolina
• North Carolina
No matter what state you live in, you can help add to the wind energy effort. Turbines are created in more than 550 manufacturing facilities in 44 states.
It is a growing market, that is starting to take steep strides in getting the free energy of the wind tapped for a consumer market.
Article by Tina Samuels, appearing courtesy 2GreenEnergy