Wind power brings significant water, emissions savings to Pennsylvania

A new report finds wind power in Pennsylvania is offering significant reductions in water waste and air emissions.

According to the report from PennEnvironment, Pennsylvania is home to 24 wind turbines that displace more than 1,200 tons of nitrogen oxides and more than 1,500 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions annually. The report also highlights that the state's wind energy generation has saved 600 million gallons of water that would be used to cool power plants.

On the effects of wind renewable energy across the United States, the PennEnvironment found that the renewable resource has displaced about 84.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions during 2012 and saved enough water waste to meet the needs of more than a million people in the nation.

The U.S. has more than quadrupled its wind power capacity in the last five years, and according to the report could continue to see significant environmental benefits if development continues at the same rate. PennEnvironment adds that with the addition of offshore wind power capacity, the U.S. could avoid about 157 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and save enough water to meet the annual water needs of 2.1 million people.

Visit PennEnergy's research area today for in-depth reports on the U.S. wind power market

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