"In 2016, emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by the U.S. electric power sector1 were 1,821 million metric tons, or about 35% of the total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions of 5,171 million metric tons.2
CO2 emissions from U.S. electric power sector by source, 2016
Source Million Metric Tons Share of Total Coal 1,241 68% Natural gas 546 30% Petroleum 21 1% Other3 12 <1% Total 1,821
1 An energy-consuming sector that consists of electricity-only power plants and combined-heat-and-power plants whose primary business is to sell electricity, or electricity and heat, to the public.
2 Preliminary data for 2016.
3 Includes CO2 emissions from the combustion of miscellaneous waste materials made from fossil fuels and by some types of geothermal power generation."
- Historical and most recent available U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions by source and sector (Data), Energy Information Administration
Statistics from the Monthly Energy Review on carbon dioxide emissions by source (coal, natural gas, petroleum) and sector; includes biomass and biofuel emissions
- Electricity Sector Emissions (Webpage), Environmental Protection Agency
Introductory information for electricity-related emissions, electricity emission trends, and how emissions can be reduced
- Life Cycle Assessment Harmonization (Website), National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Report on the total greenhouse gas emissions involved in generating electricity from a wide range of sources, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, wind, hydropower, geothermal, biofuels, and different types of solar power