According to an American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) report, wind power reduced health costs by $7.3 billion last year alone thanks to reductions in CO2.
These emissions amount to roughly 132 million metric tons or emissions from 28 million cars or more than 6% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the production of electricity. This is approximately equivalent to eradicating all power emissions in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
According to the report: The tons of SO2 and NOx pollution avoided just in 2015 carry a public health monetary value of more than $5.4 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively, based on cost assumptions provided by a Harvard School of Public Health study.
CEO of AWEA, Tom Kiernan said:
“Americans will be able to breathe easier and live longer thanks to clean energy produced by American wind power,”
“Clean air benefits from wind power totaled $7.3 billion last year, without even including the value of carbon savings, and the industry also attracts thousands of quality jobs and billions of dollars in private investment to the U.S. economy. With wind power, states don’t have to make a trade-off between clean air and strong economic growth.”
AWEA’s complete annual report will be available on April 12.