Report On Carbon Emissions Finds Improvements In Tennessee

May 29, 2014


A report released yesterday ranks Tennessee one of the top 25 producers of greenhouse gas emissions from carbon dioxide.

The report by the sustainable energy advocacy group Ceres ranked Tennessee 16th for emissions rates of all fossil energy produced and 21st for emissions of greenhouse gas. But the report ranked the state’s coal plants 32nd in the country for emissions, an improvement over recent years.

The report also found Tennessee’s carbon emissions have dropped about 30% since 2007. The report cites the switch from coal to natural gas for that decline.

The US Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release new guidelines for power plant carbon emissions next week. The EPA announced emissions limits for new power plants last September.