Power Sector Carbon Emissions in the Northwest

A roundup of background information

At the Council's July meeting, the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee presented background information on carbon emissions and the Northwest power sector. Some key points included: transportation is the largest contributor of carbon in the region; our level of carbon emissions from power production is below the national average; annual emissions fluctuate widely based on the water supply; there can be big differences in emissions depending on a utility's resource portfolio; the region has been actively reducing its carbon footprint through energy efficiency, renewable resource development, and retiring coal plants; and the value of renewable resources may decrease as more are developed.

Additional background information:

EPA's New Rule to Cut Carbon

Greenhouse Gas Symposium

Carbon Emissions PrimerStatus, and Outlook

EPA's Social Cost of Carbon