Oklahoma No. 12 in Wind Power Generation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma ranks No. 12 in the nation in the amount of power generated by wind in the state.

An industry report being released Monday by the American Wind Energy Association says Oklahoma generates 831 megawatts of electricity with wind for 3 percent of the state's power needs.

Texas ranks No. 1 with 7,118 megawatts of wind-generated power followed by Iowa, California, Minnesota and Washington.

The association says U.S. wind farms had a combined capacity of 25,300 megawatts at the end of last year. It says that should be able to generate some 73 billion kilowatt hours of power in 2009 which would be enough to serve nearly 7 million homes.

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