Hancock County, Iowa Visitor's kiosk - by Tim FullerIowa is one of the leading U.S. states for wind power growth. The American Wind Energy Association announced Aug. 4 that Iowa generated 20 percent of its electricity from wind in the first quarter of 2011, up from 15% last year.

The industry is continuing to surge this year in Iowa with 630 Megawatts of construction underway. Only Texas has a higher amount of installed wind power capacity.

Nationally, wind energy remains ahead of schedule to generate 20 percent of America’s electricity by 2030, a goal identified by the U.S. Department of Energy under the George W. Bush Administration.

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