CO2 emissions fell 33 percent from 2005 to 2009 across RGGI states – Draft Report

Posted on November 25, 2010 by

A draft report was recently released for stakeholer comments by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. This report claims that annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generators in the 10 states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) were 33 percent lower in 2009 than in 2005. A

ccording to this white paper, total CO2 emissions declined from 184.4 million tons in 2005 (the design phase of RGGI program), to 123.7 million tons in 2009 (the implementation phase of RGGI program).   The credit for decline of 29.2 million tons goes to reduced electricity load due to weather, energy-efficiency programs, customer-sited generation, and the economy. Out of 29.2 million tonnes decline, 18.9 million tons is attributed to fuel-switching due to lower natural gas prices and a decline of 12.6 million tons to greater use of nuclear, wind and hydropower, and less use of coal.

The RGGI scheme covers the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.