News & Updates

  1. Power Sector Carbon Index -- 2017 Q2 Update

    Power Sector Carbon Index -- 2017 Q2 Update

    The Power Sector Carbon Index was 947 lb CO2 per MWh in Q2 of 2017, a decrease of 1% when compared to Q2 of 2016. While coal generated the largest share of electricity in Q4 of 2016 and Q1 of 2017, natural gas returned to the top spot in Q2 of 2017. Electricity generation from renewables was 23% higher in the second quarter of 2017 when compared to the second quarter of 2016, which contributed to the lower Power Sector Carbon Index value.

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  2. Co-Director Azevedo Discusses Importance of Index the During Climate Week

    Co-Director Azevedo Discusses Importance of Index the During Climate Week

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  3. Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned on NPR's 90.5 WESA

    Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned on NPR's 90.5 WESA

    The Power Sector Carbon Index was mentioned in Pittsburgh's NPR news station, 90.5 WESA, in an article titled "CMU Kicks Off New Quarterly Report To Track Carbon Emissions From Power Plants ".

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  4. Power Sector Carbon Index -- 2017 Q1 Update

    Power Sector Carbon Index -- 2017 Q1 Update

    The Power Sector Carbon Index was 955 lb CO2 per MWh in Q1 of 2017, an increase of less than 1% when compared to Q1 of 2016. Coal continued to contribute the largest share of electricity generation in the first quarter of 2017, after natural gas held that spot for the first three quarters of 2016. Electricity generation from renewables was higher in the first quarter of 2017 when compared to the first quarter of 2016, reducing some of the impact on the Power Sector Carbon Index from the increased coal electricity generation.

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  5. Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in Climate Central

    Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in Climate Central

    The Power Sector Carbon Index was mentioned in Climate Central.

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  6. Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in Next Pittsburgh

    Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in Next Pittsburgh

    The Power Sector Carbon Index was mentioned in Next Pittsburgh.

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  7. Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in IEEE Spectrum

    Power Sector Carbon Index Mentioned in IEEE Spectrum

    The Power Sector Carbon Index was mentioned in IEEE Spectrum.

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  8. Power Sector Carbon Index -- 2016 Q4 Update

    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.

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  9. The Launch of the Power Sector Carbon Index

    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.

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  10. Carnegie Mellon University to Launch Power Sector Carbon Index During Energy Week

    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.

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