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Environment California Report: Wind Energy, Tax Credits Needed to Combat Global Warming

A new report from Environment California finds that if the nation were to set a course for obtaining 30 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2030, America could achieve the entire target of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, and then some. "Speeding the development of pollution-free wind energy will slow global warming," said Environnment California's Michelle Kinman. "That's why our leaders should invest now in healthy air and a healthy planet."

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Fast Facts about California Wind Energy

+ Wind energy projects totaling approximately 5,812 megawatts (MW) of capacity are operating in California today,1 providing enough electricity to power more than 2 million California households.2 This represents more than a tripling of wind energy capacity since California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) law was adopted in 2002.

+ In 2012, California wind projects generated 9,152 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity - 4.6% of all power generated within California.3 In the same year, out-of-state wind projects generated 9,983 GWh of electricity for California, representing 10% of total power imports.3 Combined, wind projects supplied 6.3% of California's total system power,3 enough to power all homes in Sacramento, Santa Clara, and San Diego Counties combined.2

+ CalWEA expects wind energy to provide close to 7% of California's electricity supply in 2014.

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