70 percent of utility customers in the US are served by a power company with an emission reduction goal. That is 46 utilities. 2019 was a big year for such commitments.
With so many utilities making the announcement ECC was happy to see that information put into one place for review. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has released the Utility Carbon Reduction Tracker. This interactive US map makes it simple to see which service territories are covered by commitments to carbon emission reduction.
A look at North and South Carolina (left and right) shows that Duke Energy and Dominion Energy pledge to reduce carbon.
SEPA is a nonprofit membership organization that works to facilitate the smart transition to a carbon-free energy system by 2050. Check its site to see news and reports.
There is no federal mandate to reduce carbon. “A growing number of utilities have been encouraged by investors over the past two years to set their own carbon targets,” says S&P Global.
The drivers are likely broader than investors. States and utilities hear from the public, customers, and special interest groups about reducing carbon. So, they are acting on that pressure.
So, customers: Is your utility making a pledge to reduce carbon? Check it on the SEPA map. If not, ask your utility why.
Many thanks to SEPA for this work and its permission to reprint it.