According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. electric power sector is responsible for approximately 33 percent of the nation’s total GHG emissions. The electric industry’s emissions are primarily created by the combustion of fossil fuels in power plants.
Progress Energy’s total CO2 emissions, which account for nearly all of our GHG emissions, were at their lowest in a decade in 2011, mainly driven by an increased reliance on natural gas due to low fuel cost and lower demand from customers due to milder weather in 2011 than in 2010. The chart below shows our total CO2 emissions each year from 2000 through 2011.
We report our GHG emissions through the EPA’s GHG reporting program. Details of our 2010 emissions can be found here. Our 2011 emissions will be reported to the EPA later this year.