29 Mar '16, 2pm

AWEA: Wind Energy Reduces Health Costs By $7.3 Billion In 2015

AWEA: Wind Energy Reduces Health Costs By $7.3 Billion In 2015

U.S. wind farms have reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the electric power sector by about 132 million metric tons in 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) forthcoming annual U.S. wind industry market report. Those avoided emissions are equal to that from 28 million cars, or more than 6% of all CO2 emissions from U.S. electricity generation last year. AWEA says choosing wind energy also reduces a variety of health-harming air pollutants, including smog-causing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), reducing rates of asthma and other respiratory issues. Electricity generated by wind in 2015 displaced an estimated 176,000 metric tons of SO2 and 106,000 metric tons of NOx – representing $7.3 billion in avoided health costs last year alone. “Clean air benefits from wind power totaled $7.3 billion last year, without even including the ...

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