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Calculating carbon dioxide emissions avoided by addition of 946 MW wind power on Mass. state lands

Calculations show that the addition of 946 MW of wind power constructed on Massachusetts state lands, as proposed by the governor and lawmakers, would in theory avoid only 1.3% of the state’s total carbon dioxide emissions.

And that potential figure may be reduced by a number of factors, such as wind power’s own CO2 emissions from construction and maintenance (of transmission lines as well), continuing increased energy use, increasing use of lower-carbon energy sources, and possible inefficiencies due to responding to the variability of wind energy production.

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