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CO2 Emissions Are Down 27%
 from 2005 Levels
At the end of 2018, the electric power sector’s CO2 emissions were 27 percent below a 2005 baseline, nearly the lowest level in three decades and lower than the transportation sector since 2016.
More Than 1/3 of Electricity
From carbon-free Sources

Today, more than one-third of our nation’s electricity comes from carbon-free sources, including nuclear energy and hydropower and other renewables.​

Renewables Were More Than 1/2
of new generation capacity
Over the past 5 years, more than half of new electricity generation capacity was wind and solar.​
Changing the Energy Mix

​Electric companies rely on a diverse and domestic energy mix to generate the safe, reliable, and affordable electricity we need. Over the past decade, our nation’s energy mix has changed dramatically. Today, more than one-third of our electricity comes from carbon-free sources, including nuclear energy and hydropower and other renewables. And, since 2005, the percentage of renewable sources in the energy mix has quadrupled—over the past five years, more than half of new electricity generation capacity was wind and solar.


A Diverse Energy Mix Helps Keep Electricity Reliable and Affordable

The Mix of Resources Used to Generate Electricity Has Changed Dramatically

Electric Companies Use a Diverse Mix Of Resources to Generate Electricity

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Reducing Overall CO2 Emissions

As electric companies continue to transition their generating fleets to cleaner fuels, their emissions are going down significantly. At the end of 2018, the electric power sector’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were 27 percent below a 2005 baseline, nearly the lowest level in three decades and 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 CO2 emissions by 2030 and 2050, many of which aim to reduce emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.


U.S. Power Sector CO2 Emissions Are Declining​

CO2 Emissions: Electric Power and Transportation 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.


Electric Transportation Benefits Customers and Communities 

Celebrating More Than 1.2 Million EVs on U.S. Roads​

Company Highlights
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  • Xcel Energy Aims for Zero-Carbon Electricity by 2050
    In December 2018, Xcel Energy became the first major U.S. electric company to announce plans to eliminate carbon emissions from electricity. Xcel set a bold aspiration to produce carbon-free electricity for its customers by 2050. At the same time, the company announced a new interim target of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030—​a significantly more ambitious objective than its previous 60 percent reduction goal. Learn More​
  • AEP Accelerates Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction Target
    American Electric Power (AEP) announced in September 2019 that it is cutting CO2 emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 percent from 2000 levels. The company’s previous target was a 60-percent reduction from 2000 levels by 2030. AEP also is confident that it will cut CO2 emissions by more than 80 percent from 2000 levels by 2050. AEP will achieve future CO2 emissions reductions through a variety of actions, including investments in renewable generation, investments in transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs. Learn More​​
  • SDG&E Adds More Truck, Bus Charging

    ​​San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has received approval for a major program that will help to electrify large vehicles and industrial equipment by installing charging infrastructure for a minimum of 3,000 plug-in medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles and equipment, including transit buses, school buses, delivery trucks, and forklifts. This initiative also will support the electrification of refrigerated semi-truck trailers used for transporting perishable goods. SDG&E notes that, in California, heavy-duty vehicles produce more particulate matter than all of the state’s power plants combined.​​ Learn More.​

  • FPL Announces Groundbreaking '30-by-30' Plan to Install More Than 30 Million Solar Panels by 2030
    Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced earlier this year a groundbreaking "30-by-30" plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and make the state of Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy. FPL has secured solar sites throughout the state, which will enable the company to continue to build solar energy centers across Florida cost-effectively. This bold plan will capture economies of scale and promote the construction of efficient and cost-effective solar generation. The end result will be the largest installation of solar panels by a regulated electric company in the world and a 67 percent fleet-wide reduction in CO2 emissions rate by 2030 as compared to the national average. Learn More​
  • Idaho Power Sets Goal of Reaching 100% Clean Energy by 2045
    In March, Idaho Power announced its goal to provide 100 percent clean energy by 2045. The company’s Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow.TM effort will build on its 100 year history as a clean energy leader and reaffirms its commitment to delivering reliable and affordable energy. Learn More​
  • DTE Energy Is Harnessing the Winds of Change
    DTE Energy has placed Michigan’s largest wind power plant, the 65-turbine Pine River Wind Park, into service. The plant generates enough clean electricity to power more than 54,000 homes and represents the equivalent CO2 reduction of removing 63,000 cars from the road. Pine River is a major step toward DTE Energy’s objective of achieving net zero carbon emissions in its electric company by 2050. This bold new goal sets the framework for DTE to go beyond its existing commitment to reduce carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040. Learn more.
  • Duke Energy Aims to Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
    In September 2019, Duke Energy announced an updated climate strategy with a new goal of net-zero carbon emissions from electric generation by midcentury. The company also is accelerating its near-term goal by cutting its CO2 emissions by half or more from 2005 levels by 2030. This follows strong progress the company has made in reducing CO2 emissions 31 percent since 2005. The reduction that Duke Energy has already achieved meets or exceeds the standards of the 2025 U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement. Learn More​​
Additional Resources
Electric Perspectives, Sept/Oct 2019
Large Customer Fleet Electrificaton
Electric Perspectives, July/August 2019
Innovating the Way to a Greener Energy Future with Energy Storage
Electric Perspectives, May/June 2019
The Road to Reinvention
Electric Perspectives, March/April 2019
Leading the Clean Energy Transition
June 2019
Advancing Clean Energy & Further Reducing Carbon Emissions Requires Policy Support
August 2019
DTE Partners with Ford, GM, U-M to Produce Wind Energy
May 2019
Southern Company Launches Energy Storage Research Center
September 2019
Leading on Clean Energy
April 2019
A Diverse Energy Mix Helps Keep Electricity Reliable and Affordable
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