EEI’s member companies are leading a clean energy transformation. We are united in our commitment to get the energy we provide as clean as we can as fast as we can, without compromising on the reliability or affordability that are essential to the customers and communities we serve. Today, carbon emissions from the U.S. power sector are as low as they were in 1984, while electricity use is up 72 percent since then.

EEI’s member companies are committed to continuing to reduce carbon emissions in our sector and to helping other sectors—particularly the transportation and industrial sectors—transition to clean, efficient electric energy. This is just the start. With investments in new technologies and the right policies in place, we can do even more to build a cleaner, stronger economy together.

Together, we are delivering America’s energy future.

Electric Companies Are Leading on Clean Energy

In November 2021, an EEI delegation traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to participate in the COP26 global climate change meetings and to highlight the leadership of U.S. electric companies in reducing carbon emissions.

Our Policy Priorities

Going forward, electric companies will continue to make significant carbon reductions. While the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was a down payment on transformational change for America’s infrastructure, much more is needed to achieve our vision for a clean energy future.

Passage of a robust clean energy tax package will be a key driver for the deployment of clean energy and carbon-free technologies over the next decade and can help us reach a clean energy future faster. The tax package now being considered by Congress will provide significant long-term benefits to electricity customers by spurring innovation and helping to keep electricity costs affordable, while also creating new jobs. It will also help to preserve the existing nuclear fleet, which is critical to ensuring that electric companies’ new clean energy deployments deliver additional emissions reductions. 

We also need policies that:

  • Significantly increase research, development, demonstration, and deployment funding for the range of clean energy technologies.
  • Provide federal support to get these technologies from R&D to commercialization at an affordable cost.
  • Enable the siting, permitting, and construction of new technologies and the transmission infrastructure we need to deliver clean energy to customers.
  • Enhance energy grid modernization and resilience. 
  • Leverage electric power sector emission reductions to reduce emissions in other sectors of the economy.

Leading a Clean Energy Transformation

EEI’s member companies are committed to getting the energy they provide as clean as they can as fast as they can, while maintaining the reliability and affordability that our customers value. Select a state to learn more about your electric company’s clean energy commitment and clean energy projects.


Clean Energy Facts

Changing the Energy Mix

Electric companies rely on a diverse and domestic energy mix to generate the safe, reliable, affordable, and resilient clean electricity we need. Over the past decade, our nation’s energy mix has changed dramatically. Today, 40 percent of our electricity comes from clean, carbon-free sources, including nuclear energy, hydropower, wind, and solar energy. Early data show that renewables had a banner year in 2021, making up 20 percent of the energy mix for the first time.

Reducing Overall Carbon Emissions

As electric companies continue to transition their generating fleets to cleaner fuels, their emissions are going down significantly. As of year-end 2021, the electric power sector’s carbon emissions were 36 percent below a 2005 baseline. In addition, emissions from the electric power sector have been lower than the transportation sector since 2016.

This impressive trend is expected to continue, as many EEI member companies have announced voluntary commitments to further reduce their carbon emissions in the near- and long-term.

U.S. Power Sector CO2 Emissions Are Declining

CO2 Emissions: Electric Power, Transportation, and Industrial Sectors

Electrifying the Transportation Sector

Expanding the use of electricity in transportation saves money, improves the environment, and enhances quality of life for everyone. Since electric vehicles (EVs) have zero tailpipe emissions, they help reduce CO2 emissions and improve local air quality. Across the country, EEI member companies are partnering with communities and stakeholders to support the growth of EVs while continuing to build EV charging infrastructure. In addition to EVs, electrification is taking hold in public transit, delivery vehicles, ridesharing applications, ports and airports, and more.

In December 2021, EEI launched the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), which is a collaboration among electric companies that are committed to providing EV fast charging stations that will allow the public to drive EVs with confidence along major U.S. travel corridors by the end of 2023. The NEHC is the largest such alliance of electric companies that have organized around the common goal of deploying EV fast charging infrastructure to support the growing number of EVs and to help ensure that the transition to EVs is seamless for drivers.

Carbon-Free Technology Initiative (CFTI)

EEI has joined with a number of environmental and technology-focused non-governmental organizations to launch the Carbon-Free Technology Initiative (CFTI), which is focused on implementation of federal policies that can help ensure the commercial availability of affordable, carbon-free, 24/7 power technology options by the early 2030s.

Many of the CFTI's policy recommendations address research and development, demonstration, deployment, and issues that have an impact on the cost or performance of a technology, such as siting and permitting. They outline the need for appropriations, authorizations, and tax and finance policies to advance these technologies.

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