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Report: Wind energy doubles in PA, but still behind other states

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 23, 2013 12:37 PM

(Pittsburgh) -- Wind energy installations almost doubled in Pennsylvania last year, but the industry still provides only about one percent of the state's electricity, far behind Iowa, Texas, and others.

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Pennsylvania now ranks 16th in the nation in wind power, with 1,430 megawatts, according to the American Wind Energy Association's Annual Market Report for 2012, which was released this month.

Iowa leads the nation, getting 24.5 percent of its electricity from wind power in 2012.

Even some advocates of renewable energy wonder if Pennsylvania will ever reach the wind energy levels of Iowa and some other leaders.

In Pennsylvania, the windiest areas tend to be on mountain ridges.  Iowa, Texas, and a number of other states have sustained high winds and large areas of flat land that are relatively easy to build on, while states such as New York have the potential for extensive offshore wind farms.

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