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Policy changes, natural gas supply key power sector emissions

By Bob Downing Published: June 9, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:


graph of AEO2014 projections of energy-related CO2 emissions in five cases, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, September 2013, and the Annual Energy Outlook 2014
Note: GHG is greenhouse gases. The GHG10 case assumes a $10 per metric ton fee on CO2 emissions, beginning in the year 2015. The GHG25 assumes a $25 per metric ton fee on CO2 emissions beginning in 2015. Both cases escalate the CO2 fee at a rate of 5% per year. The GHG10 case with low natural gas prices combines the assumptions of the GHG10 case with the High Oil and Gas Resource case, which results in lower gas prices and encourages greater natural gas use.

In 2012, almost 40% of total energy-related CO2 emissions resulted from electricity generation. About three-fourths of those power sector emissions occurred from burning coal, the most carbon-intensive fuel. Policies to reduce CO2 emissions could result in less consumption of coal in favor of natural gas, which emits about 40% as much CO2 per kilowatthour as typical coal-fired generation when used in a combined-cycle plant, as well as increases in other low- or zero-carbon power generating technologies such as renewables and nuclear.

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