Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy held its position as the top wind-power-supplying utility in the U.S. for the ninth year running in 2012, according to the American Wind Energy Association's annual market report. Xcel had almost 4,900 megawatts of wind power capacity at the end of last year, enough to supply 1.5 million homes, AWEA said. Minnesota dropped from fifth among states in terms of wind power capacity to seventh in 2012, the report stated.

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