Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2013 are expected to be 2 percent higher than the 2012 level, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The increase is because of a small jump in coal use.
Emissions in 2013 are 10 percent below 2005 levels, which is a big contribution to a federal goal of a 17 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2020. CO2 emissions from electricity generation have decreased four out of six years since their 2007 peak, the EIA said. The key energy-economic factors of the U.S. energy industry include weak economic growth; improving energy efficiency nationwide; high energy prices over the past four years; an abundant and inexpensive supply of natural gas; and power sector decarbonization since 2010.
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