Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Decades

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Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Levels in Decades

Carbon Dioxide emissions from power plants is at the lowest level it has been for decades.

Carbon Dioxide emissions from generating electricity has been reduced by 21% since 2005 levels.  The government goal is to reduce it by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030.  The plan is to make the majority of the reduction through reducing emissions of coal-fired power plants.

The electric power sector's carbon emissions are falling for a number of reasons.  Warmer winters have contributed to less emissions.  Also, because of the low cost of natural gas, plants have been shifting from coal to natural gas.

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