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Iowa now ahead of California in wind power

(AP) -- Texas continues to blow away the competition, but Iowa can now generate more wind power than California.

Details are in an industry report being released today by the American Wind Energy Association.

The Lone Star state's 7,118 megawatts dwarfs Iowa's 2,791 megawatts and California's 2,517 megawatts.

But wind power has grown into a key part of the energy infrastructure in Minnesota and Iowa, where each state generates more than 7 percent of their electricity from turbines.

States are trying to lure wind energy companies and the jobs that come with them, especially with new federal requirements that will require more power from alternative sources.

The Associated Press reports U.S. wind farms had a combined capacity of 25,300 megawatts at the end of 2008.

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