Four Ways West Virginia Can Reduce CO2 Emissions

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - The report is called Carbon Dioxide Emission Reduction Opportunities for the West Virginia Power Sector. It was spun out of an annual conference on anticipated rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the EPA's Clean Power Plan, Rule 111(d). An environmental consulting firm based in Morgantown, Downstream Strategies, teamed with the WVU Law Center for Energy & Sustainable Development to come up with ideas to help West Virginia meet EPA-proposed greenhouse gas reduction goals by 2030. Listen

One of the authors of the report and the founding director of WVU's Center for Energy & Sustainable Development, James Van Nostrand, said state policy makers might be too focused on only one method to reduce emissions that's referred to as the "inside the fence" approach (i.e., emission reduction measures taken to make power plants themselves more efficient). There are other measures that need as much if not more consideration, Van Nostrand said.

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