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Installed U.S. Wind Power Capacity at Record Levels

 The U.S. wind energy industry installed 5,244 megawatts in 2007, expanding the nation's total wind power generating capacity by 45 percent in that single calendar year, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association. The new projects created investment of more than $9 billion into the nation's economy and accounted for approximately 30 percent of new power-producing capacity. More than 34 states now use wind power. The organization's report estimates that wind farms will generate approximately 48 billion kilowatt-hours of wind energy in 2008, accounting for just over 1 percent of total U.S. electric supply. The report names Texas as the largest wind-power producer, followed by California, Minnesota, Iowa, and Washington. To access the full report, click here.

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