- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The American Wind Energy Association says Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation for wind capacity.

The Oklahoman reports (https://bit.ly/1BzJzwt ) that the state moved up two spots in the rankings after adding 648 megawatts of wind capacity in 2014. Oklahoma now has 3,782 megawatts of wind capacity.

Oklahoma is expected to add another 2,000 megawatts of capacity in the next year when wind farms that are under construction come online. Many of the new wind power purchase agreements will ship the electricity to out-of-state utilities.

The wind association says Texas remained in first place for total wind capacity in 2014 with 14,094 megawatts of wind power, followed by California with 5,917 megawatts and Iowa with 5,688 megawatts. One megawatt can power about 250 homes during times of peak electric demand.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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