EPA: Power Plant Emissions Fell 6.2 Percent Last Year


By Editors of Power Engineering

A new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicated power plant emissions fell 6.2 percent from 2015 to 2014.

The annual Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program report noted that power plants still remain the single-largest source of carbon emissions, with nearly 1,500 facilities emitting two billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. That total is roughly 30 percent of all carbon emissions in 2015.

The EPA estimated emissions from all industrial sources combined, which represent 50 percent of all U.S. emissions, fell 4.9 percent in the same period.

The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program collects facility-level greenhouse gas data from major industrial sources across the United States, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills and landfills.

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