Friday, February 8, 2013

Wind Energy in Colorado 2012 Was a Historic Year of Achievement For Wind Energy

Wind Energy in Colorado 2012 was a historic year of achievement for wind energy

 For the first time wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electric generating capacity, providing some 42 percent of all new generating capacity. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced in 2012 an additional 13,124 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity was installed nationwide, achieving over 60,000 MW of cumulative wind capacity.

This level of capacity is capable of providing almost 15 million homes or all of Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Ohio combined with electricity. The final numbers will be released in April in AWEA’s annual report. On April 15th, 2012 Xcel energy set a U.S. record by generating nearly 57% of their energy demand from wind energy here in Colorado, demonstrating the potential of wind energy in our state.

 Colorado recently climbed the ranks from 12th to 10th for new capacity installations in the nation.

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