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Upper Midwest Leads U.S. in Wind Power Production

August 9, 2010

Residents of the Upper Midwest have a new reason to be excited thanks to the Department of Energy’s 2009 Wind Technologies Market Report, released this month.  The report indicates that Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa lead the nation in wind power as the only four states that produced over 10% of their in-state energy from wind power last year. Iowa leads the pack with 20% of all in-state production coming from wind energy.

Boosted by the tax credit that runs through 2012, the U.S. as a whole saw a substantial investment of $21 billion made in wind power projects. That brings the cumulative amount invested in U.S. wind power up to $66 billion since the 1980s.

A total of 28 states built wind power plants in 2009, increasing the total wind power capacity of the U.S. to more than 35,000 megawatts.

Total U.S. wind power capacity now exceeds 35,000 MW

If you are interested in learning more, check out the full report here.

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