In Case you Missed it: Some Good News

May 8, 2020

US Energy Information Agency:

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions declined by 2.8% in 2019 to 5,130 million metric tons (MMmt), according to data in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. CO2 emissions had increased by 2.9% in 2018, the only annual increase in the past five years. Because of continuing trends in how much energy the U.S economy uses and how much CO2 that energy use generates, energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 fell more than energy consumption, which declined by 0.9% in 2019, and gross domestic product, which increased by 2.3% in 2019.

Nearly all of the change in CO2 emissions in 2019 arose in the electric power sector. 

Total net electricity generation fell by 1.5% in 2019, but power sector CO2 emissions fell by even more (-8.2%), largely because of increases from renewable sources such as wind and solar. Electricity generation from coal fell, and the increase in natural gas-fired electricity generation was more limited. Because sources such as wind and solar have no fuel costs, when available, they are the first sources dispatched to meet electricity demand.

International Energy Agency:

Global energy-related CO2 emissions flattened in 2019 at around 33 gigatonnes (Gt), following two years of increases. This resulted mainly from a sharp decline in COemissions from the power sector in advanced economies1, thanks to the expanding role of renewable sources (mainly wind and solar PV), fuel switching from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power output.

Advanced economies in orange, developing world in yellow.

9 Responses to “In Case you Missed it: Some Good News”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    I would take the publication of the latter two agencies with a pinch of salt. They don’t even mention methane emissions which are sharply rising.

    Dec 2019 => Greenhouse gas emissions to set new record this year, but rate of growth shrinks

  2. redskylite Says:

    More good news from the sunny Emirates:

    “Abu Dhabi To Have Cheapest Solar Power Ever — 1.35 Cents Per Kilowatt-Hour”

    The new low-PV bid chosen by Abu Dhabi’s public electric utility will bring down the cost of solar power to just 1.35¢/kWh.

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