Wind Power Now Represents 5% Of California’s Electricity Generation

Posted by NAW Staff on February 02, 2012 No Comments
Categories : FYI

Wind energy now supplies 5% of California's total electricity needs, with a total wind generation capacity of 3.927 GW, the California Wind Energy Association (CalWEA) reports.

The state added 921 MW of wind generation last year, almost 700 MW of which came from the Tehachapi area of Kern County, with large new projects also installed in Solano, Contra Costa and Riverside counties.

According to CalWEA, this year will see even more growth, with several projects topping 1.2 GW of wind generation capacity slated for Kern, Solano, Riverside, Imperial and San Diego counties.

California's wind capacity has more than doubled in the past 10 years, rising from 1.6 GW in 2002 to nearly 4 GW today, and the state now ranks third in the nation in total installed wind energy capacity.

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