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What CO2 Reductions Mean To Nevada

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President Obama in a 2012 appearance at an alternative energy site in Boulder City

President Obama in a 2012 appearance at an alternative energy site in Boulder City

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(ASSOCIATED PRESS, KXNT)–The Obama administration is laying out plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 to reduce global warming. States must come up with plans to meet their individualized targets, which will vary across the nation. States will have until 2017 and in some cases 2018 to submit their cleanup plans. Here’s how the plan affects Nevada:

—Nevada’s emissions from electrical power plants would be sliced more than 34 percent by 2030 under goals set Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

—Nevada’s power plants pumped out more than 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2012, about the same as 3 million cars produce annually. Figuring the amount of power produced, the 2012 emission rate was 988 pounds per megawatt hour. That would be cut to 647 if Nevada meets it EPA goal.

—Much of the focus on reducing emissions nationally is centered on cleaning up or replacing coal-burning power plants. Nevada generates about 73 percent of its power from cleaner-burning natural gas and about 12 percent from coal-fired plants. Utah, for example generate about 80 percent of its electrical power from coal plants. The national average is 26 percent from gas and 40 percent from coal.

—About 7 percent of the Nevada’s power is hydroelectric and little more than 1 percent is solar generated.

 

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