Wind energy impact equal to removing 550,000 cars

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oregon's wind energy has the equivalent climate impact of removing 550,000 cars from the road each year, according to a report by Environment Oregon.

The report, "Wind Power for a Cleaner America," points out that in addition to providing a cleaner, greener power source than fossil fuel-burning power plants, wind energy also doesn't have the water requirements of such plants.

If wind energy development continues at a healthy pace — one supported by state and national policies such as renewable energy portfolio standards and federal tax incentives — the report's authors expect that by 2016, Oregon could be generating 5 million megawatt hours of electricity from wind, bumping up CO2 emissions and water savings along the way.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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