GHGRP 2016: Power Plants
The power plant sector consists of facilities that produce electricity by combusting fossil fuels and/or biomass. The sector includes units that are subject to the Acid Rain Program and any other electricity generators that are otherwise required to report to the EPA CO2 mass emissions year-round according to 40 CFR part 75. This sector also includes combustion units serving electricity generators that are located at facilities with primary NAICS codes of 221330 (Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply 1) or 2211xx (Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution), which includes some part 75 reporters that report heat input to the EPA on a year-round basis. The emissions from this sector are solely from stationary fuel combustion sources.
1 Establishments primarily engaged in providing steam, heated air, or cooled air. The steam distribution may be through mains.
- Trend of Annual Reported GHG Emissions in the Power Plant Sector (as of 8/5/17)
What factors influenced the trend in emissions for power plants?
- Location and emissions range for each reporting facility in the power plant sector (as of 8/5/17)
This map shows the locations of direct-emitting facilities. The size of a circle corresponds to the quantity of emissions reported by that facility.
|Power Plants Sector — Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reported to the GHGRP
(all emissions values presented in million metric tons CO2e unless otherwise noted)
|Number of facilities:||1,592||1,609||1,577||1,547||1,483||1,405|
|Total emissions (CO2e):||2,221.7||2,088.9||2,104.1||2,100.1||1,970.7||1,876.3|
|Emissions by greenhouse gas (CO2e)|
|• Carbon dioxide (CO2):||2,208.3||2,077.0||2,091.9||2,087.7||1,959.7||1,866.2|
|• Methane (CH4):||4.2||3.7||3.7||4.0||3.6||3.3|
|• Nitrous oxide (N2O):||9.2||8.2||8.4||8.4||7.4||6.8|
Totals may not equal sum of individual GHGs due to independent rounding.
CO2 emissions from the combustion of biomass are NOT included in emissions totals provided above.