Kansas now ranks 14th in wind generation

After nearly tripling its wind generation in 2008 and 2009, Kansas now ranks 14th nationally with just over 1,000 megawatts of capacity, according to the annual report from the American Wind Energy Association.

Other facts in the report:

* Kansas wind farms now power the equivalent of more than 350,000 homes.

* Kansas is ranked second among states for its potential wind energy, at 952,371 megawatts.

* Wind energy's economic impact includes 160-180 construction jobs, 100 operations and management jobs, $3 million in annual lease payments to property owners, and $3 million in annual property tax.

* The wind energy replaces conventional power generation that would have created 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.