Calif. Wind Energy Fuels 1.2M Homes

Turning to the wind, the Environment California Research & Policy Center has revealed significant growth in the state's wind power sector.
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Some of the 6,000 turbines at the Altamont Pass Wind Farm were constructed with tax incentives during the 1980s.

Los Angeles—The Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report centered on wind energy. According to the report, wind power has grown exponentially over the last dozen years in California, currently supplying sufficient energy to power 1,188,483 homes. Moreover, during the past year alone, California’s turbines averted over 9 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution; the equivalent of taking more than 1.9 million cars off the roads.

“Wind power here in California is already growing steadily, reducing pollution and helping to solve the climate crisis,” said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate with Environment California. “But we need policies to provide steady support for this clean energy resource to maintain our momentum in the fight against global warming.”

The report shows that the tax incentives for clean energy expired late last year and any measure to reinstate them must be adopted before Congress adjourns for the year on December 18. “Renewing tax credits for pollution-free energy will help sustain green jobs in California and reduce climate-changing carbon pollution,” said Kinman. “It’s critical for the future of our economy and our planet that Congress take action in the next seven days.”

The research arrives as state officials determine how to adhere to the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action that not only sets state-by-state limits on carbon pollution prom power plants, but also encourages clean energy development.

“Regardless of whether you are working on the climate change issue or your passion is local economic development, it is worth your while to take a hard look at wind energy. Wind energy is affordable, reliable and clean, and it doesn’t use fresh water, and so its future is very bright,” said John Kostyack, executive director of the Wind Energy Foundation.

Turning to the Wind points out that renewing tax credits for clean energy sources could become the catalyst for enough wind development by 2020 to avert up to 5.7 million tons of carbon pollution. Nationwide, 104.2 million tons of carbon pollution could be avoided.

“To avoid the worst impacts of global warming, we need to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy,” concluded Kinman, “and that must include doing everything we can to develop abundant, pollution-free wind power.

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