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Wind's part in CO2 reduction
1 October 1997
Wind energy could make a sizeable contribution to achieving German government CO2 reduction goals, concludes the Fichtner Development Engineering consultancy in a study commissioned by the Wirtschaftsverband Windkraftwerke together with the Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau. Assuming that 10,000 MW of wind capacity will be installed in Germany by the year 2010, the study finds that up to 18 million tonnes of CO2 emissions would be avoided annually by using wind power instead of fossil fuels. This figure is about 7% of the government goal of reducing C02 emissions by 250 million tonnes a year by 2005, a 25% drop over 1990's total. The study also concludes that 10,000 MW of installed wind capacity could reduce damaging external effects from conventional power stations worth DEM 220-400 million a year, not including costs incurred from green house effects.
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