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TECO outlines plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

The company says since the year 2000, the company has reduced its coal usage by more than 90 percent.
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TAMPA, Fla. — One of the Tampa Bay area's largest providers of electricity has just announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from its power plants by 2050.

Tampa Electric An Emera Company, or TECO, says since the year 2000, the company has reduced its coal usage by more than 90 percent. During that same period of time, TECO says it cut carbon dioxide emissions in half.

However, despite its achievements, the Tampa-based electric company wants to take things a step further.

In order to reach net-zero emissions in the next 30 years or so, TECO says it will increase its use of low-carbon technologies, including renewable solar energy. The company says it will also begin investing in emerging renewable energy solutions like carbon capture, biofuels, hydrogen, wind turbines and battery storage. 

Upgrade existing technology is also on the list. TECO says it is continuing to upgrade its power station, transitioning them away from coal, and distributing new technology to existing infrastructure like installing LED streetlights that reduce carbon emissions. 

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Many companies have made the push to "net-zero" over the past few years. The idea behind the concept is that the amount of carbon being put in the atmosphere can be counteracted by using technologies that remove it. 

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