US power sector emissions fell 38% in past 15 years, blowing past Obama climate targets: Report

The U.S. power sector has already slashed more emissions than what would have been required by the Obama administration’s climate mandate.

Between 2005 and 2020, the power sector has reduced emissions by 38% as utilities have retired old coal-fired plants and switched to cleaner-burning natural gas and, increasingly, wind and solar energy, according to a report released Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest emissions data.

That means the power sector blew past the goal set by the Obama administration’s centerpiece climate regulation, the Clean Power Plan, which would have required utilities to cut emissions 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.

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