Electricity Production and Transmission

Energy-related activities such as the production, transmission, and distribution of electricity accounts for over 84% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Most of the greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, but small amounts of methane and nitrous oxide are also produced, while less than 1% of the emissions is sulfur hexafluoride which is an insulating chemical used in transmission of electricity and distribution equipment. About 70% of the electricity is produced from the burning of coal and natural gas, both of which produce carbon dioxide in substantial quantities.

Best Practices for Electricity Production

  • • Increase the efficiency of existing power plants by using advanced technologies or substitute fuels that combust more efficiently. An example would be to convert a coal powered- turbine into a natural gas-powered turbine.
  • • Reduce the energy demand in residences, businesses, and industry. An example would be the use of ENERGY STAR products.
  • • Insulate all structures to gain maximum efficiency of power use.
  • • Capture carbon dioxide from the stacks of coal-fired power plants and then neutralize it.
  • • Use renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuel to generate electricity. An example would be to increase the total electricity generated by wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal sources.
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