EPA: Alaska ordered to cut emissions by 26 percent

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Obama Administration announced Monday that Alaska will have to cut its carbon pollutants by nearly 26 percent over the next 15 years.

The new standard is part of national initiative aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The percentage can vary by state.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska's power plants emitted nearly 2 million metric tons of carbon in 2012.

The rate of emissions was 1,351 pounds per megawatt hour. The 2030 goal for Alaska is 1,003 pounds per megawatt hour.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says the plan will affect a handful of coal plants in Alaska's Railbelt region.

Coal generates 10 percent of Alaska's electricity.

Gov. Sean Parnell had no immediate comment on the EPA announcement.

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