By July 1, construction was under way to increase the ability of the United States to generate an extra 7,354 megawatts of electricity from wind energy. This number was more than any other amount recorded since the third quarter of 2008, the American Wind Energy Association said last week.
A total of 2,151 megawatts of electricity stemming from wind energy systems was generated during the first half of this year. This is a little less than double the 1,250 megawatts of electricity produced during the same period in 2010, signaling a 72 percent rise in the generation of wind energy, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
Wind energy technologies actually have made up about 35 percent of newly installed electricity-generating systems in the United States since 2007.
Illinois Among Top Wind Energy Producers
Illinois – which features U.S. GreenTechnology.com’s home city of Chicago – is one of seven states that have installed wind energy systems yielding the greatest electricity production ability in the country. Illinois installed 150 megawatts of electricity capacity during the second quarter of this year, which was higher than Utah’s 102 megawatts and Ohio’s 56.5 megawatts.
Producing more than Illinois were Oregon, which was at 201 megawatts of electricity capacity, as well as California, which was able to produce the most energy – 402 megawatts. Texas actually takes the lead in total wind energy production ability, and in this category, Iowa, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington and Oregon follow the Lone Star State. In addition, construction has started on a first utility-scale wind farm in Nevada.
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