UK Wind Industry Lowers Carbon Savings Claims
The wind industry trade group had suggested that turbines save 860g of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of power generated, compared to conventional power stations.
But the ASA said that the figure is closer to 430g, considering that when gas is cheaper – as it was last year – more power stations use it, bringing the savings closer to 400g (vs. the 860g of coal-fired stations).
The comparison, they said, should reflect whichever power plants would be replaced by the wind turbines over the course of a year.
Still, the figure provided by the ASA is “on the conservative side,” said a BWEA spokesman, and will be revisited in the New Year.
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