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June Energy Figures: Wind power expansion creates electricity, job growth

June Energy Figures: Wind power expansion creates electricity, job growth

Wind power is blowing strong across the country, according to a new report just released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The U.S. Wind Industry 2011 Market Report states that the domestic wind industry installed 6,816 MW in 2011, 31% more than in 2010, for a total of 46,916 MW installed to date. In addition, more than 8,300 MW are now under construction. Energy production and job creation are up too: South Dakota and Iowa lead a record five states that received more than 10% of their electricity from wind in 2011, and seven states now have at least 4,000 wind jobs each.

Source: AWEA, www.awea.org

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