State becomes third largest producer of wind energy

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — Minnesota has overtaken Iowa as the nation’s third-largest producer of wind energy, behind Texas and California.

The American Wind Energy Association says Minnesota added 405 megawatts of wind power production last year and had 1,299 megawatts of wind energy at the end of 2007. That edged Iowa’s 1,271 megawatts.

The organization says U.S. wind power capacity is now about 16,800 megawatts -- enough to serve 4.5 million households with electricity.

Under legislation passed last year, Minnesota set a target of generating 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources, such as wind, by 2025.

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