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EIA Report: U.S. CO2 Emissions Fell 7% in 2009

If you are looking for long-term historical energy statistics, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Review 2009, which covers all major energy sources and all energy-consuming sectors in the U.S. from 1949 through 2009.

Here are some highlights from the report.

The report finds that U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy consumption fell 7 percent from 2008 to 2009, which EIA primarily attributes to a decrease in consumption of coal and petroleum.

EIA’s recent Energy Outlook report indicates that U.S. CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are expected to increase by 3.4 percent and 0.8 percent in 2010 and 2011, respectively. EIA attributes the increase to more demand for petroleum in the transportation sector (motor gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel), and continued electric-power-sector coal demand growth.

The report also indicates that renewable energy production reached 8 quadrillion Btu in 2009, with wind energy tallying the largest year-to-year percentage increase among renewable sources.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported earlier this year that the U.S. wind industry in 2009 added nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) of new capacity, reaching a total of 35,000 MW at the end of 2009.

However, U.S. primary energy production fell 0.6 percent to 73.0 quadrillion Btu in 2009, down from the record high of 73.4 quadrillion Btu the previous year.

Energy consumption and energy net imports also fell in 2009. Primary energy consumption fell to 95 quadrillion Btu in 2009, down from an all-time high of 102 quadrillion Btu in 2007 and 5 percent below the 2008 level. Energy net imports fell 12 percent to 23 quadrillion Btu in 2009, compared to 2008.

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2 thoughts on “EIA Report: U.S. CO2 Emissions Fell 7% in 2009

  1. How do we accelerate the shift to renewable energy? What’s needed is an energy bill that provides incentives to consumers, both commercial and individual users, to switch from carbon based to renewable energy powered electricity. Incentives for installing more efficiency technology, solar panels, or wind turbines all address the supply side and are helpful but we need to boost demand as well and right now there’s no compelling reason to switch as the majority of Americans now see climate change as either a low priority or not a threat at all. In fact, solar and wind based renewable energy is more expensive and often relies on a ” do the right thing” ethos to attract new users. In the business world that’s not enough. Renewable energy must reduce total cost of operations for business to switch in sufficient volume to meet projected reduction targets.

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