Wind Reduced U.S. Emissions by 126.8 Mt in 2013, Industry Says
U.S. wind production in 2013 was the equivalent of taking 20 million cars off the road, the American Wind Energy Association reported last week. Wind reduced greenhouse gas emissions across the electric power sector by 126.8 megatons, or more than 5%, across the U.S., and 11 states reduced their emissions by at least 10% compared to 2011, said Climate Progress. “AWEA’s report noted that reducing carbon also carries co-benefits: sulphur dioxide emissions drop by almost 347 million pounds per year as a result of wind energy production, and nitrous oxide emissions are reduced by 214 million pounds per year.” Technology improvements have reduced wind generation costs by 43% in the last four years.