California gets 5%--or 921 MW--of electricity from wind energy, says Wind Energy Assn. report

BERKELEY, California , February 1, 2012 () – Five percent of California's electricity is now generated by wind power.

The Berkeley-based California Wind Energy Association says state wind projects last year generated 921 megawatts, enough electricity to power more than 400,000 homes.

The San Jose Mercury News ( http://bit.ly/AABHPd) says 2010 figures from the California Energy Commission said wind made up 4.7 percent of the state's electricity mix. Solar was 0.3 percent.

Forty-two percent of California's electricity comes from natural gas, followed by nuclear power and hydropower.

The state wants to get 33 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020.

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