A recent study shows that generating power from the Altamont Pass wind farms in California has resulted in health, wildlife and climate benefits.
The study was conducted by independent consultant Donald McCubbin at the request of Altamont Winds Inc. It examined current and future health, wildlife and climate benefits that result from generation power from wind farms rather than from natural gas-fired power plants.
The study analyzes the wind farms in California's Altamont Pass, totaling 580 MW, during two 20-year periods: 1987 to 2006 and 2012 to 2031. Over these two 20-year periods, the Altamont Pass wind farms will have avoided the following emissions:
– 30.9 million tons of carbon dioxide;
– 167 tons of sulfur dixode;
– 21,100 tons of nitrogen dioxide; and
– 1,245 tons of particulate matter (PM2.5).
Due to the large amount of pollution avoided or prevented by the Altamont wind farms, numerous diseases that could be caused by air pollution from fossil-fired power plants are prevented, and over the 40 years analyzed, 140 human lives will have been saved, according to the study.
In addition to human benefits, wildlife also benefits from wind farms. According to the study, a reduction in PM2.5 and climate change by using clean power from the Altamont Pass wind farms will have saved 153,000 avian deaths over the 40 years analyzed in this study.
SOURCE: Altamont Winds Inc.