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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP)

GHGRP 2011: Power Plants

The power plant sector consists of facilities that produce electricity by combusting fossil fuels and/or biomass and provide the electricity to transmission systems or to electric power distribution systems. The sector includes units that are subject to the Acid Rain Program, units that are required to monitor and report to EPA CO2 mass emissions year-round according to 40 CFR part 75, and units that do not report according to 40 CFR part 75. The emissions from this sector are solely from stationary fuel combustion sources such as boilers, simple and combined-cycle combustion turbines, engines, and incinerators.

Power Plants Sector — Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reported to the GHGRP
(all emissions values presented in million metric tons CO2e unless otherwise noted)
  2011 2010
Number of facilities: 1,594 1,586
Total emissions (CO2e): 2,221 2,327
Emissions by greenhouse gas (CO2e)
• Carbon dioxide (CO2): 2,209 2,313
• Methane (CH4): 3 4
• Nitrous oxide (N2O): 9 10
  • CO2 emissions from the combustion of biomass are NOT included in emissions totals provided above.

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