Carnegie Mellon University launches carbon emissions index
PITTSBURGH, PA – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) today announced the creation of a new index that will measure carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electrical power generation sector. The Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will track the environmental performance of U.S. power producers and compare current emissions to historical data collected nationwide for more than two decades. A quarterly press release will inform interested parties of power sector carbon emissions performance trends. In addition, CMU will provide an online resource for a wide variety of power sector emissions data and forecasts.
"The Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will provide a snapshot of critical data regarding energy production and environmental performance," said Costa Samaras, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering CMU. "Launching the index during Carnegie Mellon's Energy Week will expose the data to a wide range of industry leaders and should prompt a useful discussion about the progress being made by the power sector," confirmed Inês Azevedo, associate professor of engineering and public policy at CMU.
The U.S. electricity sector is rapidly changing, with construction of renewable and natural gas power projects; retirements of coal and nuclear power plants; the addition of air and water emission control devices; and improvements to the efficiency and emissions of existing power plants. The index will provide policy makers, regulators, utilities, industry analysts and the public with a source of objective information on overall emissions intensity across the U.S. electric power grid.
"As older, inefficient coal-fired power plants have been replaced with renewables and highly efficient natural gas power plants, our industry has made significant progress in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other emissions during the past decade. As the power sector continues to evolve, the Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will provide useful insights into progress the power sector is making to safeguard the environment while meeting the nation's energy demand," said Paul Browning, president and CEO of MHPS Americas. "As a leading provider of products and services that power a brighter future, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems is proud to support this important work by Carnegie Mellon."
The new index will be unveiled on March 28 during the annual Carnegie Mellon Energy Week in Pittsburgh at the CMU Scott Energy Institute. More than 700 energy research, policy, industry and academic leaders are expected to attend the event.
About the College of Engineering: The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is a top-ranked engineering college that is known for our intentional focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration in research. The College is well-known for working on problems of both scientific and practical importance. Our "maker" culture is ingrained in all that we do, leading to novel approaches and transformative results. Our acclaimed faculty have a focus on innovation management and engineering to yield transformative results that will drive the intellectual and economic vitality of our community, nation and world.
About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc.: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc. is enabling the power plant of the future. Headquartered in Lake Mary, FL, MHPS employment in the Americas has grown from five in 1999 to more than 2,000 today. The company has large manufacturing and repair facilities in Florida, Georgia and Texas, including the world's most modern heavy duty gas turbine and steam turbine factory in Savannah. MHPS utilizes three repair centers to provide service parts and repairs to a rapidly expanding installed base throughout the Americas and to service the fleets of other OEMs around the world. Products and services for the electric power generation industry include the world's largest and most efficient gas turbines, steam turbines, geothermal turbines, boiler and environmental control systems. MHPS is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. (7011:JP) Learn more at http://www.changeinpower.com.