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Fossil-fueled Power
Non-Fossil Generation
End-Use Efficiency
Electricity T&D
Carbon Sequestration
Non-CO2 Reductions
Other GHG Reductions

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Coal Comb. Products
Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
Utility Fleet Veh.
Mat. Handling Vehicles
Mass Transit
Other Transit Actions
Other In-House Actions
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 Other GHG-Reducing Activities


This category lists greenhouse gas reduction options that do not as easily categorized into one of the other sections. This does not mean that these actions are any less important or significant. The options in this category can offer utilities ways to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve overall energy efficiency.

While most of the GHG emissions from the electric power sector are carbon dioxide resulting from fossil fuel burning, utilities often have opportunities to reduce other GHGs. These gases include nitrous oxide (N2O), halogenated substances, and methane. Most of these gases are emitted in activities that are peripheral to the utilities' core activities. Still, utilities have identified opportunities to contribute to GHG reductions and the broader Climate VISION goals by controlling these other gases on a site-specific basis.

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 Power Partners Projects

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 References, Sources, and Other Useful Data

Resources and links specific to individual topics within this section are listed separately for that topic’s web page. The Resource links shown below are more cross-cutting, and relate to other GHG reductions in general. Additional resources are provided for the specific topic areas indicated by the link bar on the left of this page.

Environmental Protection Agency, “Climate Change: What You Can Do”

You release greenhouse gases as a result of using energy to drive, using electricity to light and heat your home, and through other activities that support our quality of life like growing food, raising livestock and throwing away garbage. Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced through simple measures like changing light bulbs and properly inflating your tires. EPA’s website provides over 25 easy steps you can take to not only reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduce air pollution, increase the nation's energy independence and save money.

U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, DOT, and USDA, "Climate VISION"

Climate VISION — Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now — is a Presidential public-private partnership initiative launched by the Department of Energy on February 12, 2003, to contribute to the President's goal of reducing GHG intensity. Other agencies participating in Climate VISION include the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Agriculture. Today, business associations and trade groups representing 14 energy-intensive industrial sectors and the Business Roundtable are Climate VISION partners. Each has made a commitment to contribute to meeting the President’s 18 percent intensity reduction goal by improving energy efficiency or greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its sector. These Climate VISION partners, which include some of the largest companies in America, represent a broad range of industry sectors: oil and gas production, transportation, and refining; electricity generation; coal and mineral production and mining; manufacturing (automobiles, cement, iron and steel, magnesium, aluminum, chemicals, and semiconductors); railroads; and forestry products.

U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Utility Industry, “Climate Challenge Options Workbook” (October 1994)

Beginning in 1994, Climate Challenge was a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the electric utility industry to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the Climate Challenge process, the electric utility industry and DOE jointly developed the Climate Challenge Options Workbook. This effort was an important part of engendering cultural change throughout the utility industry and the government. The Workbook, which was first published in October 1994, identifies over fifty categories of activities that utilities can undertake to cost-effectively reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. The categories of options cover all areas of end-use programs, generation technologies, transmission, distribution, and other actions. Numerous utility-specific case studies illustrate utilities' successful implementation of these options.

U.S. Department of Energy, “Climate Challenge Program Report” (December 1996)

Beginning in 1994, Climate Challenge was a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the electric utility industry to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative, announced as a foundation action under the Climate Change Action Plan, was part of the United States' initial response to the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. This Program report describes the industry initiates made under Climate Challenge, and provides descriptions of numerous broad-ranging GHG reduction projects made by various electric utilities.

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