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Wed August 7, 2013
Environment

Colorado Ranks 8 In Wind Power

Wind turbines on the Cedar Creek wind farm east of Grover, Colorado at sunset with a backdrop of stratocumulus clouds.
Credit NCAR

Thirteen percent of the energy generated in Colorado last year came from wind power, making it among the nation’s top states according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Texas and California are in the number one and two spots respectively in the report.

The American Wind Energy Association spokesperson Liz Solerno told Colorado Public Radio that Colorado’s strong wind industry is the result of aggressive recruiting by the state.

“Colorado has realized that there are a lot of benefits that come with not only wind projects, but the manufacturing of the wind turbines. So we’ve seen Colorado rise up the ranks, and that’s really happened just over the past few years,” Solerno said.

Colorado has four manufacturing and research plants for wind energy giant Vestas.

Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Jose Zayas, Director of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, highlights the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report in the video below.