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  1. Carbon dioxide emissions hit record high

    Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions from power generation hit an all-time high of 31.6 billion in 2012, a 1.4 percent jump from 2011, according to the International Energy Agency. The information was released in a World Energy Outlook Special Report, which noted global carbon emissions continue to rise despite drops in emissions in many countries. The agency stated power generation creates around two-thirds of global carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. reached mid-1990s levels by decreasing 200 million tons, a 3.8 percent drop. The report stated a switch from coal to natural gas power helped drive the decrease, but noted the trend could be reversed. Emissions also decreased in Europe despite an increase in the use of coal-fired power because of economic contraction, an increased use of renewable energy and a cap on emissions from the industry and power sectors, according to the report. The report stated China made the largest contribution to the increase in global carbon dioxide emissions, but also stated “its growth was one of the lowest it has seen in a decade, driven largely by the deployment of renewable and a significant improvement in the energy intensity of its economy.” The country increased its emissions by 300 million tons, a 3.8 percent increase from 2011. Japan also increased its carbon emissions, releasing an addition 70 million tons “as efforts to improve energy efficiency did not fully offset the use of fossil fuels to compensate for a reduction in nuclear power.” According to the IEA, current emission trends would cause an overall temperature increase of 3.6 to 5.3 degrees Celsius, while it stated the goal would be to keep a temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. The agency identified four policies that would greatly decrease global emissions in the report, including adopting specific energy efficiency measures, limiting the construction and use of the least efficient coal-fired power plants, minimizing methane emissions from upstream oil and gas production and accelerating the partial phase-out of subsidies to fossil fuel consumption. According to the report, adoption of the measures would reduce global-related energy emissions by 1.5 billion tons in 2020. This story was originally published by Power Engineering online. It is republished with permission.

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    Tue, 11 Jun 2013

  2. EIA: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Generation Lowest since 1993

    Carbon Dioxide emissions from electricity generation in 2015 were the lowest since 1993, a recent U.S. Energy Information Administration report finds.

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    Wed, 18 May 2016

  3. Energy Industry: Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections

    Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  4. Electric Vehicles: Atkins calls for joined-up approach to power the cars of the future

    Major energy supply challenges await as we transition from decades of traditional fuel cars to an era of electric vehicles, according to a new study by Atkins.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  1. Renewable Energy: Fight over renewable energy comes to New Hampshire

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    Tue, 14 Feb 2017

  2. Dominion solar power investment in Virginia approaches $1 billion

    Dominion is investing more than $800 million in solar power in Virginia, with much of it being built at little or no cost to most customers.  Additional solar projects are now in the planning stages.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2017

  3. U.S. carbon dioxide emissions increase by 3.1 percent in 2000

    U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 3.1 percent in the year 2000, the Energy Information Administration said today in a new report.

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    Fri, 9 Nov 2001

  4. Increase in carbon dioxide emissions follows strong economic growth

    U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels rose by 2.7 percent in 2000, increasing from 1,517 million metric tons of carbon (MMTC) in 1999 to 1,558 MMTC in 2000, according to preliminary estimates released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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    Fri, 29 Jun 2001

  5. Carbon Emissions from Electric Generation Fall Below Transportation Emissions

    Electric power CO2 emissions fell to 1,803 million metric tons from October 2015 through September 2016, continuing a 10-year downward trend.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  6. US carbon dioxide emissions rise at fastest rate since 1996

    US carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels rose 2.7% in 2000, the highest rate of increase since 1996, a government agency reported. Carbon dioxide (CO 2 emissions totaled 1.6 billion metric tons of carbon in 2000, compared to 1.5 billion metric tons in 1999, the Energy Information ...

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    Mon, 2 Jul 2001

  7. Carbon dioxide emissions at lowest levels since 1994

    A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report shows that U.S. carbon dioxide emission levels are at the lowest since 1994.

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    Fri, 1 Feb 2013

  8. Energy related carbon dioxide emissions lowest since 1994

    Energy related carbon dioxide emissions in 2012 were the lowest in the U.S. since 1994 with the largest drop in emissions coming from coal.

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    Fri, 5 Apr 2013

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