Emissions, Policy & Regulations, Renewables, Wind

U.S. wind energy reduced carbon emissions by 4.4% in 2013

The U.S. wind sector helped to reduce power industry carbon emissions by 96 million metric tons in 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The AWEA report also said wind energy reduces a variety of other pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and mercury. Wind energy also reduces the amount of water evaporated during the cooling process at conventional power plants, saving 36.5 billion gallons of water last year.

At the end of 2013, there were more than 12,000-MW of wind capacity under construction, which could reduce power sector emission by a total of 117 million tons a year, or more than 5.3 percent of power sector emissions, AWEA said.

More details will be available in the forthcoming “AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report Year Ending 2013,” to be released on April 10.

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