California is in second place among states with installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. California saw 1,656 MW of additional wind capacity installed in 2012, bringing total installed wind capacity to 5,549 MW. Some of the increase stemmed from repowering wind power facilities installed in the late 1980s, Emily Williams, lead statistician at the association, revealed Jan. 29. The state surpassed Iowa in 2012. California also had some interesting installations at industrial and commercial facilities under direct power purchase agreements with companies that place turbines on their sites. They include Anheuser-Busch, one of Wal-Mart\u2019s distribution centers, and some aggregate material mining sites, according to Williams. Even one agricultural operation, known as Superior Farms, entered a wind power purchase agreement in 2012, according to the report. The uptick in activity in California mirrored what the trade association\u2019s interim chief executive officer Rob Gramlich called a \u201cbanner year\u201d for wind. Wind installations nationally in 2012 totaled more than 13,000 MW, topping every other type of power generation technology, including natural gas plants. Nationally, there is more than 60 GW of installed capacity. \u201cThis was the first time a renewable energy resource was number one in installed generation capacity,\u201d Gramlich said. While California regained its number two ranking, it still lags far behind Texas, which is number one in wind. Texas has 12,212 MW of installed wind generation capacity, more than twice as much as California, association data show. Association chief economist Liz Solerno noted California can be expected to make great gains in wind power as it implements its 33 percent renewables portfolio standard. She said the percentage of its total power supply met by wind should \u201cclimb quite rapidly\u201d from its current 4 percent level. California, the association noted, not only generates its own wind power, but imports a lot from the Northwest, where Oregon has 3,153 MW of capacity and Washington 2,808 MW.