Washington 14th-highest wind power generator
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Vancouver — A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy says an estimated 5.5 percent of electricity generated from Washington at the end of 2011 came from wind energy. Washington was the 14th-highest wind power generator in the nation using that measure, which was based on wind power capacity.
Oregon generated 10.5 percent of its electricity from wind power, the sixth-highest rate in the nation, according to the agency's annual wind technologies market report.
South Dakota was highest, with 22 percent, followed by Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Oregon and Idaho. Much of the wind power generated in Washington and Oregon is shipped to California.