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

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.

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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 2013, California wind projects generated 12,694 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity – 6.35% of all power generated within California.3 In the same year, out-of-state wind projects generated 12,662 GWh of electricity for California, representing 13% of total power imports.3 Combined, wind projects supplied 8.55% of California’s total system power,3 enough to power all homes in Sacramento, Santa Clara, and San Diego Counties combined.2

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