Pa. wind energy soars in 2012, but total is small

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Wind energy installations almost doubled in Pennsylvania last year, but the industry still provides only about 1 percent of the state’s electricity, far behind others.

Pennsylvania now ranks 16th in the nation in wind power, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s Annual Market Report for 2012, which was released this month.

Iowa leads the nation, getting 24.5 percent of its electricity from wind power in 2012. South Dakota was at 24 percent, and Texas was at just over 7 percent. Maine led the Northeast at almost 6 percent.

Even some advocates of renewable energy wonder if Pennsylvania will ever reach the levels of Iowa and other leaders.

The president of the environmental group PennFuture says wind will likely grow here, just not at the scale of other states.

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