Ohio sees massive growth in wind energy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ 12:04 PM
posted by rene5432

A growing number of Ohio residents have been pushing for more renewable electricity in the past few years, and now it seems the state is seeing some results. The American Wind Energy Association reports that Ohio saw the fastest growth in wind power of anywhere in the country in the third quarter of last year.

Wind power in the U.S. is still dominated by Texas, which boasts more than 10,000 megawatts of wind turbines, but Ohio increased its capacity by an astonishing 929 percent through last October.

By the end of 2011, the state had reached 112 megawatts of wind capacity. This still puts it behind all of its neighbors except Kentucky, but the potential in the state should allow it to keep up its blistering pace of growth.

The Dayton Business Journal reports that Ohio has a strong investment in the wind sector, not just because of its growing capacity, but because it actually hosts some of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the country. GE Energy, which employs thousands of people around Dayton, holds about 30 percent of the wind turbine market.

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