The U.S. Could Get a Third of Its Electricity From Wind Power—and Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Could the United States get as much as 35 percent of its electricity from wind power within 35 years?

Absolutely, says the U.S. Department of Energy in a new report that details the benefits of replacing fossil fuel power plants with millions of wind turbines generating carbon-free electricity.

Like perhaps longer showers in drought-stricken regions.

Fossil fuel power plants consume huge amounts of water for cooling. If wind supplied a third of the nation’s electricity by 2050, it would save an estimated 260 billion gallons of water a year. That’s just what California currently uses in about a week, but the savings could have significant local impacts where water shortages are severe. 

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