How their wind power numbers stack up

  • Updated: March 31, 2012 - 4:15 PM

XCEL ENERGY, MIDAMERICAN ENERGY HOLDINGS

Two Midwest-based companies have the most wind power capacity among U.S. regulated utilities. Measurements in megawatts.*

Xcel MidAmerican

Year of first wind farm: 1994 2004

Wind power capacity (end 2011): 4,057 3,767

Share of U.S. wind power capacity: 9% 8%

U.S. rank (by capacity): No. 1 No. 2

2012

Wind power additions (planned): 907 656

Expected end-year total: 4,964 4,423

Share contracted (expected): 93% 25%

Share owned (expected): 7% 75%

* A megawatt is 1 million watts.

Includes MidAmerican Energy Co. and PacifiCorp

Sources: Xcel, MidAmerican, American Wind Energy Association

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