Pennsylvania emissions fell as much as 92% since 1990, even as the state’s energy demand and production soared eleven fold from 2010 to 2018, and natural gas processing expanded more than eightfold during that time frame, a Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) analysis found.
The results demonstrate the state can have energy production, expanded pipeline infrastructure, and create sound environmental stewardship at the same time, according to CEA, Kallanish Energy reports.
“This is a significant feat for a state that is second only to Texas in natural gas production – which more than doubled to 36% of the state’s net electricity generation, while nuclear energy generated another 39%, according to the Energy Information Administration,” CEA stated.
“Although the state’s industrial consumption dropped 4.67%, Pennsylvania still experienced massive emissions reductions.”
CEA’s examination of data from 1990-2017, which show Pennsylvania’s emissions have decreased across the board:
* 72% reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx)
* 92% reduction in sulfur dioxide (SO2)
* 53% reduction in volatile organic compounds (VOCs); and
* 18% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2).
“As the data shows, environmental improvements can be achieved even as Pennsylvania’s economic growth accelerates,” said David N. Taylor, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.
This analysis follows CEA’s Energy Savings Report for Pennsylvania, which found families, small business and manufacturers across the state saved more than $30 billion thanks to low-cost energy over the past decade.
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