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The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released its annual rankings of wind energy development in the U.S.

The rankings include the states that generate the most electricity from wind, the nation's largest wind farms, leading suppliers of wind turbines, largest owners of wind projects, utilities that use the most wind power for their customers and other industry information, the organization says. This year's rankings feature a new category: congressional districts with most wind power installed.

According to AWEA, Texas is established as the state that generates the most electricity from wind, with over 2,700 MW installed at the end of 2006 and approximately 1,000 MW currently under construction. California ranks second with 2,361 MW installed; Iowa ranks third with 936 MW; and Minnesota ranks fourth with 895 MW.

GE Energy remains in the lead as the largest manufacturer of wind turbines. The company provided over 45% of the country's new wind capacity in 2006.

"Our continued investment in wind energy technology has positioned us well to compete in this growing industry," comments Victor Abate, GE Energy's vice president, renewables. "We are confident that wind power - an abundant, domestic and zero-carbon emissions resource - will be an integral part of the U.S. energy mix throughout the 21st century."

Siemens followed GE Energy's lead carving out the second-largest market share, while FPL Energy continues to dominate the U.S. wind energy market with the construction of 777 MW of new wind power projects - representing about a third of all new installations in the U.S. in 2006, AWEA adds.

To view the association's full list of rankings, click here.


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