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Expect a Substantial Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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EIA expects emissions to be 35% below 2005 levels

Carbon dioxide emissions declined significantly in the last decade as a result of power generation’s shift from coal to lower-emitting sources. Lower natural gas (UNG) prices, state-level renewables mandates, and federal tax credits fostered usage of renewables (TAN) in power generation. This cut emissions from power generation.

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According to the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016, carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector (XLU) are expected to be 35% below the 2005 levels in 2030 due to the implementation of the Clean Power Plan. If the Clean Power Plan isn’t implemented, emissions are expected to rise slightly but remain 19% below the 2005 levels.

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