Last reviewed on 10-02-2020

Documentation of California's Greenhouse Gas Inventory (13th Edition - Last updated on 10-15-2020)

♦ Category: Energy

IPCC: 1A1ai - Fuel Combustion Activities - Energy Industries - Main Activity Electricity and Heat Production - Electricity Generation
Sector: Electricity Generation (In State) : Merchant Owned

♦ Activity: Fuel combustion - MSW

♦ Greenhouse gas: Carbon dioxide ( CO2 )

► Year 2004 —

● Greenhouse gas emission estimate —

Amount: 109,368 tonnes of CO2 Emitted (109,368 tonnes CO2 Eq.)
Basis: Calculation
Calculation: [Fuel combustion] * (1 - [Proportion of renewables]) * [Heat content] * [Fuel CO2 emission]
Reference: ARB (2016). Technical support document on GHG inventory methodologies for the 2000-2014 inventory. See Discussion of emissions from electricity and combined heat and power generation available at: https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/pubs/reports/2000_2014/ghg_inventory_00-14_technical_support_document.pdf#https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/pubs/reports/2000_2014/ghg_inventory_00-14_technical_support_document.pdf

● Activity level used in calculations —

Activity: Fuel combustion = 367,319 ton of MSW
Basis: Data
Reference: EIA (2013). Energy Information Administration. Form EIA-906/920/923: Monthly Utility Power Plant Database. Accessed online at: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia923/#https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia923/

● Parameters and Constants used in calculations —

Parameter: Biogenic fraction = 0.655
Reference: Hahn, J. (2007). Data request (source test data) between CARB and Jeffrey Hahn, Environmental director of Covanta Energy.
Parameter: Fuel CO2 emission = 0.0907 g / btu
Reference: ARB Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Regulation. Subpart C of 40 CFR Part 98 (98.30 to 98.38). Available online at: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/appendix-Table_C-1_to_subpart_C_of_part_98#https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/appendix-Table_C-1_to_subpart_C_of_part_98
Parameter: Heat content = 9,523,582 btu / ton
Reference: EIA (2013). Energy Information Administration. Form EIA-906/920/923: Monthly Utility Power Plant Database. Accessed online at: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia923/#https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia923/

● Greenhouse gas emitted per unit activity (derived from values listed above) —

Amount: 297,748 g (i.e. 297.75 kg) of CO2 per ton of MSW