05 Jun '12, 4pm

Carbon emissions declined 23 percent under regional U.S. program #RGGI

05 Jun 2012: Carbon Emissions Declined 23 Percent Under Regional U.S. Program Power plants subject to a regional cap-and-trade program in the northeastern U.S. known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI ) reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 23 percent during the first three years of the program, the group says. According to a RGGI report , 206 of 211 power plants participating in the program met their compliance obligations from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2011, the first three-year control period of the program. During that time, the average annual CO2 emissions were 126 million tons, a 23-percent decline compared with the previous three-year period. Emissions for the 2009-2011 period were about 33 percent below RGGI’s annual pollution cap of 188 million tons, which was due to a shift from coal to natural gas, the economic recession, and energy...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/carbon_emissions_declined_23_...

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