The Drop of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the US Power Sector

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report highlighting a significant milestone: a 7% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions from the country’s power sector in 2023, marking the most substantial annual drop since 2020. This achievement reflects shifts in fossil fuel-based electricity generation and underscores ongoing efforts to mitigate climate impact.

The agency’s data showed that all four quarters of 2023 saw significant reductions in measured pollutants compared to 2022. The decline in emissions is mainly due to shifts in the mix of fossil fuel-based electricity generation.  The substantial decrease in carbon dioxide emissions from the US power sector in 2023 is a positive development. But it also signals the need for continued action and innovation.  


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