The report, completed by Dr. Sean McGinnis of Virginia Tech, summarizes a baseline analysis and inventory of the energy usage, carbon emissions, and criteria air pollutants for Floyd, County, VA, for 2009. Such analysis are increasingly common for communities as planning tools as energy prices rise and environmental regulations become more stringent. Like a budget, such an analysis is useful as a baseline by which to compare options and progress in future years. Without a baseline analysis, it is very difficult to prioritize the most feasible and cost effective options for reducing energy use and associated environmental emissions.
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