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03/13/2014

Texas wind power cutting emissions, environmental group says

A new study says Texas' renewable energy standards have been by far the biggest contributors to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The study, released today by Environment Texas, estimates that the state has reduced GHG emissions by nearly 20 million tons in 2012, of which 12.6 million tons came from policies mandating electricity production from renewable sources, a requirement largely filled with wind power. Texas is the  nation's biggest producer of electricity from wind, and last year wind supplied nearly 10 percent of all the electricity used in the state. Also contributing to lower GHG emissions were energy-efficiency requirements and other state and federal policies, the study said. The study said that nationally, emissions of carbon dioxide declined more than 12 percent between 2007 and 2012.

-- Jim Fuquay

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