Oregon came in No. 5 in a ranking of the top states for wind energy, according to a thid quarter report released Tuesday by the American Wind Energy Association.
Oregon now has the capacity to generate 1,659 megawatts of power from wind turbines, enough to power roughly 480,000 homes.
During the third quarter, the U.S. wind energy industry added a total of 1,649 megawatts of capacity.
Oregon ranked No. 2 in new wind power added in the third quarter. The state added 251 megawatts of capacity.
The state ranks No. 5 in total operating capacity behind Texas (8,797 megawatts), Iowa (3,053 megawatts), California (2,787 megawatts) and Minnesota (1,805).
The state posting the fastest growth in the third quarter was Texas, where wind power installations expanded by 436 megawatts.
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