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Group: Wind power saves $1.2 billion of electricity last year

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 25, 2014

TOPEKA – A national wind group says wind power has saved electricity customers in the Great Plains more than $1.2 billion last year. The American Wind Energy Association said it looked at hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool last year and calculated those times when wind turbines were used to generate electricity. Ottawa, Garnett and other Kansas municipal utilities are part of the Southwest Power Pool. Since wind is free after the turbines and towers are installed, the wind group’s Michael Goggin said most of the consumer savings came from not having to burn coal or natural gas at traditional power plants. Wind power also saved water used by traditional power plants and reduced emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, said Jeff Clark, executive director of the Wind Coalition. Wind power saved 2 billion gallons of water in Kansas, Clark said.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.

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