To get to zero by 2050, Tennessee must cut climate pollution by
4.2 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in Tennessee

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


Tennessee's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    8% of Tennessee's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of Tennessee's 3.2 million buildings.

    In fact, 58% of buildings in Tennessee are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 1.4 million dirty buildings in Tennessee. That's around 49,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.57.62% have been electrified, and the remaining 42.38% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 8% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    38% of Tennessee's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 2.1 million vehicles in Tennessee and 8,000 are already electric (0.4% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 2.1 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 76,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.4% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.6% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 38% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    21% of Tennessee's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Tennessee

    5 coal plants

    Name: Cumberland
County: Stewart
Megawatt Capacity: 2,600
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Cumberland
    Stewart County
    2,600 MW

    Name: Gallatin
County: Sumner
Megawatt Capacity: 1,918
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Gallatin
    Sumner County
    1,918 MW

    Name: Kingston
County: Roane
Megawatt Capacity: 1,700
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Kingston
    Roane County
    1,700 MW

    Name: Bull Run
County: Anderson
Megawatt Capacity: 950
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Bull Run
    Anderson County
    950 MW

    Name: Eastman Chemical Company
County: Sullivan
Megawatt Capacity: 194
Utility: Eastman Chemical Co-TN Ops

    Eastman Chemical Company
    Sullivan County
    194 MW

    12 gas plants

    Name: Johnsonville
County: Humphreys
Megawatt Capacity: 2,911
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Johnsonville
    Humphreys County
    2,911 MW

    Name: Allen
County: Shelby
Megawatt Capacity: 2,782
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Allen
    Shelby County
    2,782 MW

    Name: John Sevier
County: Hawkins
Megawatt Capacity: 1,797
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    John Sevier
    Hawkins County
    1,797 MW

    Name: Lagoon Creek
County: Haywood
Megawatt Capacity: 1,625
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Lagoon Creek
    Haywood County
    1,625 MW

    Name: Gleason Combustion Turbine Plant
County: Weakley
Megawatt Capacity: 568
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Gleason Combustion Turbine Plant
    Weakley County
    568 MW

    Name: Brownsville Combustion Turbine Plant
County: Haywood
Megawatt Capacity: 460
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Brownsville Combustion Turbine Plant
    Haywood County
    460 MW

    Name: Tate & Lyle Loudon Plant
County: Loudon
Megawatt Capacity: 61
Utility: Tate and Lyle Ingredients, LLC

    Tate & Lyle Loudon Plant
    Loudon County
    61 MW

    Name: Vanderbilt University Power Plant
County: Davidson
Megawatt Capacity: 35
Utility: Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt University Power Plant
    Davidson County
    35 MW

    Name: MTSU Power Co-Gen Plant
County: Rutherford
Megawatt Capacity: 15
Utility: Middle Tennessee State University

    MTSU Power Co-Gen Plant
    Rutherford County
    15 MW

    Name: Mountain Home Energy Center
County: Washington
Megawatt Capacity: 7
Utility: Energy Systems Group LLC

    Mountain Home Energy Center
    Washington County
    7 MW

    Name: University of Tennessee Steam Plant
County: Knox
Megawatt Capacity: 5
Utility: University of Tennessee

    University of Tennessee Steam Plant
    Knox County
    5 MW

    Name: Opryland USA
County: Davidson
Megawatt Capacity: 5
Utility: Gaylord Entertainment Co

    Opryland USA
    Davidson County
    5 MW

    2 oil plants

    Name: McMinnville
County: Warren
Megawatt Capacity: 24
Utility: McMinnville Electric System

    McMinnville
    Warren County
    24 MW

    Name: Powell Valley
County: Hancock
Megawatt Capacity: 22
Utility: Powell Valley Electric Coop

    Powell Valley
    Hancock County
    22 MW

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 6,000 Megawatts of wind power and 6,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Tennessee already has 5 Megawatts of wind and 48 Megawatts of solar, that's 6,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 6,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 210 Megawatts of wind power and 216 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 1% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 21% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 33%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 38%🏠 Buildings: 8%

    The last 33% of Tennessee's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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