Wind Energy: Where Does Your State Rank?

The American Wind Energy Association issued its annual market report today. Part of the report included state rankings for wind energy jobs, installations and construction projects.

Top 10 states for overall wind jobs:

1. Iowa: 6,000-7,000
2. Texas: 6-7 K
3. Illinois: 6-7 K
4. Ohio: 5-6 K
5. Colorado: 4-5K
6. California: 4-5K
7. Michigan: 4-5K
8. Pennsylvania: 3-4K
9. Florida: 2-3K
10. Oregon: 2-3K

Top states for wind generation as a percentage of their portfolio (Records: five states received more than 10% of their electricity from wind in 2011 and 13 received more than 5%)

1. South Dakota: 22.3%
2. Iowa: 18.8%
3. North Dakota: 14.7%
4. Minnesota: 12.7%
5. Wyoming: 10.1%
6. Colorado: 9.2%
7. Kansas: 8.3%
8. Oregon: 8.2%
9. Idaho: 8.2%
10. Oklahoma: 7.1%
11. Texas: 6.9% (8.5% on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas grid)
12. New Mexico: 5.4%
13. Washington: 5.3%

Top 10 states for wind projects under construction in 2012:

1. Kansas: 1,189 MW
2. Texas: 857 MW
3. California: 847 MW
4. Oregon: 640 MW
5. Illinois: 615 MW
6. Pennsylvania: 520 MW
7. Iowa: 470 MW
8. Oklahoma: 393 MW
9. Michigan: 348 MW
10. Washington: 331 MW

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