UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Texas greenhouse gas permit yesterday to a power plant in Llano County.
Which means the power plant will get money to update old equipment to make it more efficient, environmentally friendly and reduce its fuel consumption by 35 to 40 percent.
Chris Evilia, director of the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization said these upgrades will all help decrease Central Texas' carbon footprint but there are things you can do as well to help reduce greenhouse gases.
"If we looked at some alternative scenarios, some alternative development patterns where if we lived closer to where we worked, went to school, went to shop, etcetera. The resulting deduction in driving, as a result of that means that we could probably reduce that figure by 15, 20 percent," said Evilia.
That figure would go from 4.85 billion pounds of carbon emissions to possibly 4.06 billion pounds of carbon emissions if the alternatives are executed by the year 2035.