Wind energy impact equal to removing 550,000 cars

Wind energy impact equal to removing 550,000 cars

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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