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To get to zero by 2050, West Virginia must cut climate pollution by 4.1 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in West Virginia
Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions
We can do it. Here's how.
- Regenerative agriculture to sequester carbon in soil
- Composting to reduce landfill methane emissions
- New techniques for manufacturing CO2 emitting materials, like concrete
3% of emissions in West Virginia comes from buildings.
Mostly from different types of heating.
80% of the pollution of your typical home comes from heating your space, water, and food.
There are 1.1 million buildings in West Virginia and 46% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 565,000 buildings in West Virginia. That's around 20,000 per year.
That will solve 3% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
11% of emissions in West Virginia comes from cars, trucks, and planes.
Mostly from our cars.
To cut this pollution, if you have a car, your next one needs to be an electric vehicle (EV).
Or try going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, or walking if it works for you.
There are 509,000 vehicles in West Virginia and 600 are already electric (0.1% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 508,000 vehicles. That's around 18,000 a year.
That will solve another 11% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
52% of emissions in West Virginia comes from making power.
Specifically from coal, gas, and oil plants.
To cut this pollution, we need to replace all dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar).
In West Virginia we need to close and replace:
10 coal plants
John E Amos
Harrison Power Station
Mount Storm Power Station
Pleasants Power Station
Fort Martin Power Station
Grant Town Power Plant
Morgantown Energy Facility
4 gas plants
Ceredo Generating Station
Big Sandy Peaker Plant
Pleasants Energy, LLC
Axiall Corporation Natrium Plant
...and help those workers find good jobs.
But wait! Remember how we electrified all cars and buildings?
Our machines don't pollute now, because they run on electricity!
But that means we need to make more power for those new electric machines - twice as much power as we make now!
And all of it needs to be clean power!
So to cut the climate pollution from our power, cars, and buildings we need to INSTALL 4,000 MWs of wind and 5,000 MWs of solar.
Since West Virginia already has 3 megawatts of solar power generation and 185 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 140 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 178 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 52% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 34% of emissions in West Virginia comes other sources
This includes industry, landfills, and farming.
There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are a lot of great ideas!
Learn how to electrify your own machines and pass local policy to electrify the restTake Action