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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

Power Plants

Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program facilities can re-submit GHG reports for past years at any time. All values and graphics presented here were last updated on April 6, 2012. To review the most recent 2010 data reported by each facility, see the Data Highlights page for the most recent year, download summary GHG data, explore FLIGHT, or download facility-specific data through Envirofacts.

The power plant sector consists of facilities that produce electricity by combusting fossil fuels and/or biomass (Subpart C). This sector includes power plants operated by electric utility companies and combustion units in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sector that generate electricity for their own use or to sell to other facilities or to an electric utility company. The emissions from this sector are solely from stationary fuel combustion sources such as boilers, simple and combined-cycle combustion turbines, engines, and incinerators. Approximately 42% of power plants measure emissions using continuous emissions monitoring equipment. The remaining facilities use engineering calculations based on measured data.

Power Plant Sector 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reported to the GHGRP

  • Number of facilities: 1,562
  • Total emissions (CO2e): 2,326 million metric tons
  • Emissions by category (CO2e):

CO2 emissions from the combustion of biomass are NOT included in emissions totals provided above.

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