Iowa still ranks No. 2 in U.S. for wind power
By PHILIP BRASHER • firstname.lastname@example.org • July 29, 2009
Washington, D.C. — Iowa added 160 megawatts of wind-generation capacity in the second quarter of the year, keeping the state a distant No. 2 in wind power behind Texas.
The new turbines brought Iowa's generation capacity to 3,043 megawatts, the American Wind Energy Association reported Tuesday. Texas added 454 megawatts to bring its total production capacity to 8,361 megawatts.
California is No. 3 with 2,787 megawatts.
Iowa's additional capacity came from a single wind farm, the 80-turbine Barton project in Worth County, developed by Iberdrola Renewables.
Four new projects are under construction in Iowa with a total capacity when completed of 409 megawatts, according to the association. Texas is going to extend its lead, however.
About 900 megawatts of additional capacity is under construction in the state.
California is building 20 megawatts of generation.