Thanks largely to the clean energy leadership of EEI’s member companies, carbon emissions from the U.S. electric power sector today are as low as they were 40 years ago, while electricity use has climbed 73 percent since then.
We are proud that more than 40 percent of our nation’s electricity now comes from clean, carbon-free sources, including nuclear energy, hydropower, wind, and solar energy. Over the past decade, more than 60 percent of new generation capacity added to the U.S. energy mix was wind and solar.
Natural gas is an important clean energy and reliability partner. Now is not the time to take tools out of the energy toolbox. Wind, solar, and energy storage can get us much of the way to a carbon-free future. Using an energy mix that includes nuclear energy and natural gas will help us get there faster and more reliably.
Technological innovation also will be key to achieving our goal of a clean energy future. Electric companies are the main drivers of growth in energy storage technologies, accounting for 92 percent of all energy storage in operation today. And, the industry is helping drive the electrification of transportation. EEI’s member companies are investing more than $5.2 billion in customer programs and projects to deploy charging infrastructure and support the more than 4 million EVs on U.S. roads today.