spwm eiaCarbon dioxide emissions from the domestic electric power industry have continued to decline after hitting a peak thirteen years ago, according to a new report from the U.S Energy Information Administration.

The recent report from EIA shows that slower demand growth and increased use of natural gas instead of coal by power companies has reduced total CO2 emissions to 1,744 million metric tons, the lowest level since 1987.Since 2005, domestic power sector emissions of CO2 have declined by 28 percent compared to CO2 emissions from other energy sectors, which fell by 5 percent over the same period.

Overall power generation by fossil fuels now accounts for 62 percent of the supply with the balance generated from non-carbon sources. In 2005, domestic power was 72 percent fossil fuel supplied, the report stated.