Wind farm energy has prevented the release of millions of tonnes of emissions, a study found. Wind power plays a “key” role in curbing greenhouse emissions from other energy sources such as coal and gas, a new study has shown. Energy from wind farms in the UK prevented almost 36 million tonnes of harmful carbon emissions in six years, equivalent to taking 2.3 million cars off the road, the analysis found. Edinburgh University researchers studied National Grid figures for power generated by sources including wind, coal and gas between 2008 and 2014. They said the study is the “most accurate of its kind to date” as it uses real, rather than estimated, energy output figures, detailing figures for every half hour. The university claimed the study suggests UK government figures “underestimate” carbon savings from wind turbines by 3.4 million tonnes – equivalent to e missions from 220,000 cars. The study also claims the method used by the Scottish Government “overestimates” the savings. Researchers said their findings support building more wind farms in the UK to help cut carbon emissions and reduce climate change impact.
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