Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2021) — Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn today issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s announcement of a nationally determined contribution (NDC) for the United States under the Paris Agreement.
“President Biden today set a goal to reduce carbon emissions across the U.S. economy 50 to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Meeting the NDC will require the participation of every sector of the U.S. economy, along with new technologies and supportive policies that are resource- and technology-inclusive, flexible, and equitable.
“EEI’s member companies—America’s investor-owned electric companies—are committed to getting the energy we provide as clean as we can as fast as we can, without compromising the reliability or affordability that our customers value. We are leaders in reducing carbon emissions and are integral to the climate solution.
“We will continue to push for ambitious reductions in carbon emissions in the decade ahead. At the same time, we will advocate for policies that accelerate innovation; help get critical transmission and energy grid infrastructure built more quickly; and recognize that electrification can help to reduce emissions cost-effectively in other sectors of the economy, particularly the industrial and transportation sectors.
“We have an extraordinary opportunity as a nation to tackle climate change. EEI and our member companies look forward to working with the Biden administration and with Congress to find the most efficient, affordable, and reliable path to clean energy and a cleaner economy.”