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Clean Energy
Our Policy Priorities

Electric companies will continue to make significant carbon reductions over the next 10 years. To meet long-term clean energy and climate goals, we 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.
  • Revamp existing energy tax credits to advance newer technologies.  
  • Create a new technology-neutral tax credit.
  • Enable the siting, permitting, and construction of new technologies.
  • 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 keeping customer reliability and affordability front and center as always. Select a state to learn more about your electric company’s clean energy commitment and clean energy projects.

Clean Energy Facts
Carbon Emissions Down ~45%
from 2005 Levels
As of year-end 2019, EEI’s member companies have reduced CO2 emissions approximately 45% below 2005 levels.
Nearly 40% of Electricity
From Carbon-Free Sources

Nearly 40% of all U.S. power generation comes from carbon-free sources, including nuclear energy, hydropower, wind, and solar energy.​

More Than 1/2
Wind and Solar
Over the past 10 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, nearly 40 percent of our electricity comes from clean, carbon-free sources, including nuclear energy, hydropower, wind, and solar energy. And, since 2005, the amount of energy generated from non-hydro renewable sources has quadrupled—over the past 10 years alone, more than half of new electricity generation capacity was wind and solar.

The Mix of Resources Used to Generate Electricity Has Changed Dramatically

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 2019, the electric power sector’s carbon emissions were 33 percent below a 2005 baseline, the lowest level since 1987. 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.

Electric Transportation Benefits Customers, Communities, and the Environment​

Company Highlights
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  • Entergy Commits to Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

    ​Entergy recently announced it is accelerating its climate action goals with a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company also reaffirmed its continued commitments to grid reliability and affordability for customers. The commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 builds on Entergy’s 20-year history of climate action and positions the company for five decades of leadership toward advancing a cleaner and more sustainable future for all stakeholders. In 2001, Entergy became the first U.S. electric company to limit its carbon emissions voluntarily. Since then, the company has renewed and strengthened its goals. Learn More.

  • Exelon Taking to Electrify 30 Percent of Utility Vehicle Fleet by 2025; 50 Percent by 2030

    ​Exelon Corporation announced in 2020 that its six electric and natural gas subsidiaries will continue advancing transportation electrification to benefit customers and communities by taking major steps to electrify its fleet of vehicles. Exelon’s subsidiaries, which serve approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO, and Pepco subsidiaries, will electrify 30 percent of their vehicle fleets by 2025, increasing to 50 percent by 2030. This transition will be achieved through a combination of fully electric vehicles, vehicles with plug-in idle mitigation units, and plug-in hybrids. Learn More.

  • FirstEnergy Pledges to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050

    ​Aligned with its mission to help build a brighter and more sustainable future for the communities it serves, FirstEnergy has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The company also set an interim goal for a 30-percent reduction in greenhouse gases within the company's direct operational control by 2030, based on 2019 levels. FirstEnergy's comprehensive Climate Position and Strategy Statement outlines the company's aggressive, business-wide plans to mitigate risks from climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and enable its customers and communities to thrive in a carbon-neutral economy. Learn More.

  • Dominion Energy’s Offshore Wind Turbines Ready to Serve Customers

    Dominion Energy’s two-turbine, 12-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, located in a research lease area 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, successfully completed reliability testing and is ready to enter commercial service to deliver clean, renewable energy to Virginia customers. CVOW is the first fully operational offshore wind power plant owned by an electric company in U.S. federal waters and is able to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes. The project is an important first step toward offshore wind development for Virginia and the United States. Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy's comprehensive clean energy strategy to achieve the company's net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050. Learn More.

  • SCE Celebrates Arrival of New Electric Big Rig

    ​Southern California Edison (SCE) in 2020 became the nation’s first electric company to receive and test the eCascadia, an electric big rig by Freightliner. The Class 8 truck will be used for a material transport test, which will include moving heavy utility equipment like transformers, wire reels, and switch gears from the Irwindale warehouse to SCE service centers and laydown yards. It has a range of up to 250 miles per charge while towing a 60,000-pound trailer. SCE’s parent company, Edison International, published a 2030 goal to electrify 100 percent of SCE’s light-duty passenger vehicles, 30 percent of medium-duty vehicles and pickup trucks, 8 percent of heavy-duty trucks, and 60 percent of forklifts in its 2019 Sustainability Report. Learn More.

  • Clean Energy: A Growing Part of Our Energy Supply
    Xcel Energy is providing its customers with clean energy that is more affordable and reliable than ever. By 2022, more than 75 percent of the energy that Xcel Energy generates will come from clean energy sources – wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and nuclear – while keeping electricity bills below the national average. The company’s renewable energy programs give customers cleaner energy options and more control over their energy use. The company plans to reduce carbon emissions more than 80 percent by 2030 and to deliver 100-percent carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. Learn More​
  • Clean Energy Future

    American Electric Power (AEP) is developing next-generation sustainability goals as the company creates a brighter energy future. AEP’s goal is to reduce its carbon emissions 70 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The company’s clean energy strategy includes adding more than 8,000 megawatts of regulated wind and solar through 2030, investing $2.3 billion in renewables through 2024, and enabling wider usage of electric vehicles. Learn More​​
  • SDG&E Releases Sustainability Strategy to Advance Carbon Neutrality

    San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) released a comprehensive sustainability strategy in 2020 to enable a transition to a cleaner energy economy. The strategy includes aspirational goals in the areas of environmental stewardship, clean transportation, grid modernization, community engagement, and company operations to support California’s clean energy ambitions. By 2040, the company aims to operate a 100-percent zero-emission electric vehicle fleet, and the company has established grid modernization goals through 2030.​​ Learn More.​

  • FPL Expands Solar Leadership

    Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced that construction is underway on the company’s next wave of solar energy centers. FPL is on track to add about 1,275 megawatts of solar capacity – more than 5 million solar panels – as its “30-by-30” plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 advances. The six new solar energy centers will support FPL SolarTogetherSM – the company’s highly popular community solar program and the largest of its kind in the United States. Learn More​
  • Idaho Power Sets Goal of Reaching 100% Clean Energy by 2045
    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 set a goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in its electric company by 2050. This bold new goal sets the framework for DTE Energy to go beyond its existing commitment to reduce carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040. The company also is providing options for customers to save money and energy through its expanded energy efficiency programs and is offering residential and business customers the opportunity to buy more clean energy to meet their own sustainability goals. DTE Energy has 14 wind parks and 31 solar parks, and, by 2023, the company will have cut carbon emissions at least 32 percent since 2005. Learn more.
  • Duke Energy Aims to Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
    Duke Energy intends to cut its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 and to reduce its carbon emissions by half or more by 2030. To continue to power the lives of customers and to support the vitality of communities, Duke Energy will deliver energy that is cleaner and smarter than ever. Duke Energy is committed to the environment and is doing its part to lower the risk of climate change, including reducing carbon emissions, investing in resilient infrastructure, continuing to operate its existing carbon-free technologies such as renewables, and accelerating its transition to cleaner energy solutions. Learn More​​
Company Highlights
Entergy Commits to Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

​Entergy recently announced it is accelerating its climate action goals with a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company also reaffirmed its continued commitments to grid reliability and affordability for customers. The commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 builds on Entergy’s 20-year history of climate action and positions the company for five decades of leadership toward advancing a cleaner and more sustainable future for all stakeholders. In 2001, Entergy became the first U.S. electric company to limit its carbon emissions voluntarily. Since then, the company has renewed and strengthened its goals. Learn More.

Exelon Taking to Electrify 30 Percent of Utility Vehicle Fleet by 2025; 50 Percent by 2030

​Exelon Corporation announced in 2020 that its six electric and natural gas subsidiaries will continue advancing transportation electrification to benefit customers and communities by taking major steps to electrify its fleet of vehicles. Exelon’s subsidiaries, which serve approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO, and Pepco subsidiaries, will electrify 30 percent of their vehicle fleets by 2025, increasing to 50 percent by 2030. This transition will be achieved through a combination of fully electric vehicles, vehicles with plug-in idle mitigation units, and plug-in hybrids. Learn More.

FirstEnergy Pledges to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050

​Aligned with its mission to help build a brighter and more sustainable future for the communities it serves, FirstEnergy has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The company also set an interim goal for a 30-percent reduction in greenhouse gases within the company's direct operational control by 2030, based on 2019 levels. FirstEnergy's comprehensive Climate Position and Strategy Statement outlines the company's aggressive, business-wide plans to mitigate risks from climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and enable its customers and communities to thrive in a carbon-neutral economy. Learn More.

Dominion Energy’s Offshore Wind Turbines Ready to Serve Customers

Dominion Energy’s two-turbine, 12-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, located in a research lease area 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, successfully completed reliability testing and is ready to enter commercial service to deliver clean, renewable energy to Virginia customers. CVOW is the first fully operational offshore wind power plant owned by an electric company in U.S. federal waters and is able to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes. The project is an important first step toward offshore wind development for Virginia and the United States. Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy's comprehensive clean energy strategy to achieve the company's net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050. Learn More.

SCE Celebrates Arrival of New Electric Big Rig

​Southern California Edison (SCE) in 2020 became the nation’s first electric company to receive and test the eCascadia, an electric big rig by Freightliner. The Class 8 truck will be used for a material transport test, which will include moving heavy utility equipment like transformers, wire reels, and switch gears from the Irwindale warehouse to SCE service centers and laydown yards. It has a range of up to 250 miles per charge while towing a 60,000-pound trailer. SCE’s parent company, Edison International, published a 2030 goal to electrify 100 percent of SCE’s light-duty passenger vehicles, 30 percent of medium-duty vehicles and pickup trucks, 8 percent of heavy-duty trucks, and 60 percent of forklifts in its 2019 Sustainability Report. Learn More.

Clean Energy: A Growing Part of Our Energy Supply
Xcel Energy is providing its customers with clean energy that is more affordable and reliable than ever. By 2022, more than 75 percent of the energy that Xcel Energy generates will come from clean energy sources – wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and nuclear – while keeping electricity bills below the national average. The company’s renewable energy programs give customers cleaner energy options and more control over their energy use. The company plans to reduce carbon emissions more than 80 percent by 2030 and to deliver 100-percent carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. Learn More​
Clean Energy Future

American Electric Power (AEP) is developing next-generation sustainability goals as the company creates a brighter energy future. AEP’s goal is to reduce its carbon emissions 70 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The company’s clean energy strategy includes adding more than 8,000 megawatts of regulated wind and solar through 2030, investing $2.3 billion in renewables through 2024, and enabling wider usage of electric vehicles. Learn More​​
SDG&E Releases Sustainability Strategy to Advance Carbon Neutrality

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) released a comprehensive sustainability strategy in 2020 to enable a transition to a cleaner energy economy. The strategy includes aspirational goals in the areas of environmental stewardship, clean transportation, grid modernization, community engagement, and company operations to support California’s clean energy ambitions. By 2040, the company aims to operate a 100-percent zero-emission electric vehicle fleet, and the company has established grid modernization goals through 2030.​​ Learn More.​

FPL Expands Solar Leadership

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced that construction is underway on the company’s next wave of solar energy centers. FPL is on track to add about 1,275 megawatts of solar capacity – more than 5 million solar panels – as its “30-by-30” plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 advances. The six new solar energy centers will support FPL SolarTogetherSM – the company’s highly popular community solar program and the largest of its kind in the United States. Learn More​
Idaho Power Sets Goal of Reaching 100% Clean Energy by 2045
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 set a goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in its electric company by 2050. This bold new goal sets the framework for DTE Energy to go beyond its existing commitment to reduce carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040. The company also is providing options for customers to save money and energy through its expanded energy efficiency programs and is offering residential and business customers the opportunity to buy more clean energy to meet their own sustainability goals. DTE Energy has 14 wind parks and 31 solar parks, and, by 2023, the company will have cut carbon emissions at least 32 percent since 2005. Learn more.
Duke Energy Aims to Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
Duke Energy intends to cut its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 and to reduce its carbon emissions by half or more by 2030. To continue to power the lives of customers and to support the vitality of communities, Duke Energy will deliver energy that is cleaner and smarter than ever. Duke Energy is committed to the environment and is doing its part to lower the risk of climate change, including reducing carbon emissions, investing in resilient infrastructure, continuing to operate its existing carbon-free technologies such as renewables, and accelerating its transition to cleaner energy solutions. Learn More​​
Additional Resources
Electric Perspectives, Sept/Oct 2020
EEI 2020: Industry Leaders Identify Key Policies and Technologies Needed to Support the Clean Energy Transition
Electric Perspectives, Sept/Oct 2020
Clean Energy Week Highlights EEI Member Companies’ Leadership
Electric Perspectives, July/Aug 2020
Electric Companies’ Clean Energy Projects Gain Momentum
Electric Perspectives, March/April 2020
Strengthening The Energy Grid is Critical to a Clean Energy Future
October 2020
Dominion Energy’s Offshore Wind Turbines Ready to Serve Customers
May 2020
SCE Will Add Energy Storage Projects
January 2021
Leading on Clean Energy
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