- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report shows Iowa is deriving more than 35 percent of its electricity from wind energy, an increase from statistics made public earlier this year.

The American Wind Energy Association says in a report released Thursday that Iowa has increased its percentage of in-state electricity that comes from wind turbines. The data, backed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is based on a 12-month rolling average through the end of August 2016.

The association says Iowa is now the first state to generate more than one-third of its electricity from wind energy.

Iowa generates power from more than 3,700 turbines. The state is ranked third nationally in the number of turbines.

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