There’s a report out from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) that states that Iowa, as of the second quarter of 2011, gets 20% of its electricity needs from wind power. Iowa hit this milestone with the addition of a new 594 megawatt wind turbine farm from MidAmerican Energy that’s located near Adair, Iowa. The rest of the US is only averaging 3% of electricity generated from wind power, so Iowa appears to be way ahead of the overall 20% by 2030 goal that’s been set by the U.S. Department of Energy. And they’re not stopping – Iowa’s percentage should increase further this year, as the Adair wind farm is only the first of three wind power generation projects that MidAmerican has planned for this year. As of now, Iowa is in second place among the states in wind power – at 4,000 megawatts, they are still far behind Texas at 9,000 megawatts worth of wind generating power.
Overall, the American Wind Energy Association said that there are 7,354 megawatts of new wind electricity generation projects currently under construction. Some of the other big projects include 845 megawatts in Oregon, 802 megawatts in California, 769 megawatts in Oklahoma, 611 megawatts in Illinois, 501 megawatts in Colorado, and 492 megawatts in Texas.