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Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in Climate Central
The Power Sector Carbon Index was mentioned in Climate Central.
Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in Next Pittsburgh
The Power Sector Carbon Index was mentioned in Next Pittsburgh.
Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in IEEE Spectrum
The Power Sector Carbon Index was mentioned in IEEE Spectrum.
Power Sector Carbon Index -- 2016 Q4 Update
The Power Sector Carbon Index was 1,001 lb CO2 per MWh in Q4 of 2016, an increase of 1% when compared to Q4 of 2015. Coal returned as the electricity source contributing the largest share of electricity generation in Q4 of 2016, after natural gas held that spot in Q4 of 2015. Electricity generation from renewables and nuclear was higher in Q4 of 2016 when compared to Q4 of 2015, reducing some of the impact on the Power Sector Carbon Index from the increased electricity from coal.
The Launch of the Power Sector Carbon Index
To track the progress on reducing the emissions intensity of electricity, our interdisciplinary research team at Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation launched the Power Sector Carbon Index. The index uses publicly accessible data to create an easily understood, analytically transparent, and timely summary of the current trends in U.S. power sector CO2 emissions intensity and electricity generation.
Carnegie Mellon University to Launch Power Sector Carbon Index During Energy Week
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) today announced the creation of a new index that will measure carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electrical power generation sector. The Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will track the environmental performance of U.S. power producers and compare current emissions to historical data collected nationwide for more than two decades. A quarterly press release will inform interested parties of power sector carbon emissions performance trends. In addition, CMU will provide an online resource for a wide variety of power sector emissions data and forecasts.