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News from AWEA Blog

Wind energy saves 2.5 billion gallons of water annually in drought-parched California

Drought conditions

A new report from the American Wind Energy Association finds that wind energy saved 2.5 billion gallons of water in California in 2014 by displacing water consumption at the state’s thirsty fossil-fired power plants, playing a valuable role in alleviating the state’s record drought. Wind energy’s annual water savings work out to around 65 gallons per person in the state (200 gallons per household), or the equivalent of 20 billion bottles of water.

News from CalWEA

CalWEA Comments on the Draft DRECP

CalWEA submitted extensive comments on the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a joint initiative of California and the federal government to plan for renewable energy and conservation across 22.5 million acres of desert land in Southern California. CalWEA’s comments argue that the Draft Plan fails to plan for the amount of wind energy that will be needed for California to achieve its ambitious goals to address the peril of climate change.

News from Grist.org

Bill McKibben Opines on the Necessity of Wind Energy

"If you've spent your life fighting for birds, it's hard to say "some birds may die in this windmill" (and it's perfectly smart to work with turbine manufacturers and wind developers to minimize that possibility, as many people have). But what we need to say is: every bird, and everything else that we know, is fundamentally at risk in the next few decades. In the name of birds, I want that windmill on my ridge. In the name of wild beauty, I want that windmill out my window."