On April 11, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report for 2012, which shows that U.S. wind energy saw a growth rate of 28 percent in 2012. According to AWEA, more than 6,700 new wind turbines were erected last year, producing enough electricity for 3.5 million homes. This expansion of wind energy was achieved with $25 billion in private investment in new wind farms, and brings the total number of wind turbines in the U.S. to 45,100 – enough to power 15.2 million homes. The report says that Texas lead the nation in the construction of new wind farms last year, with 1,826 MW of installed capacity, followed by California with 1,656 MW, and Oklahoma with 1,127 MW.