U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
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How much of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are associated with electricity generation?
Total U.S. energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by the electric power sector1 in 2013 were 2,053 million metric tons, or about 38% of the total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions of 5,405 million metric tons in 2013.
CO2 emissions from U.S. electricity generation by source, 2013
|Source||Million metric tons||Share of total|
1 An energy-consuming sector that consists of electricity-only and combined-heat-and-power plants whose primary business is to sell electricity, or electricity and heat, to the public.
2 Includes CO2 emissions from the combustion of miscellaneous waste materials made from fossil fuels and by some types of geothermal power generation.
Last updated: February 2, 2015
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