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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP)

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.

Power Plants Sector — Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reported to the GHGRP
(all emissions values presented in million metric tons CO2e unless otherwise noted)
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
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.

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