Wed August 7, 2013
Ohio could beat EPA carbon emission standards by 2020
A new study says Ohio is heading toward reducing carbon emissions by more than a quarter by the year 2020.
And that’s just if the state’s energy companies keep doing what they’re doing. From Ohio Public Radio station WKSU, Kabir Bhatia reports.
The report from environmental think tank, the World Resources Institute, says the power sector is on track to meet the EPA standards that are part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan introduced in June. Environmental researcher Michael Obeiter, one of the study’s co-authors, says wind energy in Ohio increased from 10 megawatts in 2010 to 426 in 2012. Just a one-percent increase per year from now until 2025 will satisfy regulations, but...
MO: Ohio has a pretty significant wind resource. So there’s a lot more that the state can be doing. They can augment that with solar power, geothermal power, there’s a number of different options they can use to meet the renewable energy portfolio standards.
The report shows that coal generation dropped about a quarter from 2005 to 2011, and that many of those plants are aging. Obeiter says making them more efficient, and making the appliances used by consumers more efficient, will push Ohio toward a 27 percent cut by the end of the decade.