Energy of blowing wind can be harnessed to produce electricity. Wind is a great source of renewable energy. The American Wind Energy Association pointed out that Iowa’s wind generation has generated 20% of the State’s electricity network in the second quarter of 2011. It also said that wind power has increased about 3% of the nation’s electricity. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy explained that it has set a goal to generate 20% of the nation‘s electricity until 2030.
The first three major projects of Des Moines utility plans have proved that some changes have come up to encourage projects such as MidAmerican Energy’s new 594-megawatt wind farm, Adair. The wind generation system is already estimated to provide the capacity of about 1330 megawatts. However, its total capacity has reached about 4700 megawatts. As a result of the wind farm capacity of about 800 megawatts, the NextEra, a Florida based company, has become the second largest wind generator in central and northern Iowa.
The American Wind Energy Association explained that about 7354 megawatts of new capacity was required until July 1. Besides Iowa’s project, many other 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.
Elizabeth Salerno, AWEA’s chief economist and director of industry data analysis remarked that several regions of the United States have more under construction projects.
Because of unpredictable business environment, layoffs and bankruptcies in American manufacturing plants and the supply chain, the AWEA warned that these things will affect future projects and orders. Great to know that Iowa is the nation’s second-largest wind capacity market with the capacity of about 4000 megawatt.
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