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Iowa generates 25% of net electricity from wind in 2013

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NIT – Iowa was one of eleven states that generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double the U.S. average in 2013.

According to the Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly report, Iowa got more than 25% of its net electricity from wind generation last year. South Dakota did the same. Nearly all other states with high proportions of renewable electricity generation relied primarily on wind power. Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Colorado generated 12%-20% of their power from wind resources.

Maine led all states by generating 32% of its electricity from nonhydro renewables- primarily biomass generation by the wood products industry. The state had one-fourth of its net electric generation come from biomass resources.

The largest amount of nonhydroelectric renewable power was generated in Texas, with California a close second.

About 6.2% of total U.S. electricity supplies in 2013 were generated from nonhydro renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal, up from 5.4% in 2012.

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