California installed so many new wind turbines in 2012 that it vaulted into second place behind Texas in the amount of wind power it produces, according to a new annual report from the American Wind Energy Assn.
California also ranks second in the U.S. in the amount of employment associated with the wind industry, with more than 7,000 jobs, the AWEA said.
Nationally, wind energy production grew 28% in the U.S. last year in what AWEA describes as the industry's best year to date.
"We had an incredibly productive year in 2012," said Rob Gramlich, interim chief executive of AWEA. "It really showed what this industry can do and the impact we can have with a continued national commitment to renewable energy."