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Electric Companies Are Leading the Clean Energy Transformation

​Earlier this month, EEI and our member companies celebrated Earth Day. But, every day, our member companies—the nation's investor-owned electric companies—are hard at work, providing the reliable, affordable, secure, and increasingly clean energy that their customers need and expect. At the same time, they are leading a profound transformation of America's energy that is delivering a smart, connected, and clean energy future. 

Our member companies are leading this transformation in many ways. Electric companies are transitioning to cleaner energy resources and reducing their carbon emissions; modernizing the energy grid and building smarter energy infrastructure; and delivering innovative energy solutions in a rapidly changing world. 

Here are some key facts to know about this extraordinary transformation:
  1. Electric companies invest more than $100 billion each year to make the energy grid stronger, smarter, cleaner, more dynamic, and more secure; to diversify the nation’s energy mix; and to integrate new technologies that benefit customers.

  2. Today, more than one-third of our electricity comes from carbon-free sources (including nuclear energy and hydropower and other renewables), and another one-third comes from natural gas.

  3. Electric companies provide 69 percent of the nation’s solar energy. Since 2005, the percentage of renewable sources in the U.S. energy mix has quadrupled—over the past 5 years, more than half of new electricity generation capacity was wind and solar.

  4. The electric power industry is reducing emissions significantly. As of year-end 2018, the electric power industry’s carbon dioxide emissions were 27 percent below 2005 levels—nearly the lowest level in three decades. The industry also has decreased emissions of nitrogen oxides by 84 percent and sulfur dioxide by 92 percent—all while electricity use grew by 39 percent (1990-2018).
Learn more in this factsheet from the Institute for Electric Innovation. Discover more about the electric power industry's clean energy leadership in EEI’s Earth Day infographic. Learn more about how a diverse energy mix is critical to keeping energy reliable and affordable in EEI’s factsheet​​.
Grid Security
Grid Security
EEI Comments on New EMP Report

EEI Vice President for Security and Preparedness Scott Aaronson commented on the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI’s) new report on the potential impact of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear weapon on the electric transmission system:

“Protecting the nation’s energy grid and ensuring a reliable and affordable supply of energy are top priorities for America’s electric companies. How an EMP may impact critical infrastructure is an extremely complex issue that cannot be addressed with a one-size-fits-all solution. EPRI launched a research project in 2016 to evaluate how EMPs could impact the energy grid. This research enables electric companies to make science-informed decisions for developing, testing, and deploying EMP-resistant grid components. Sound policy should be informed by sound science.

“As EPRI’s study shows, a nuclear weapon detonating above the continental U.S. would impact the energy grid’s transmission system, and we now have a better understanding of what those impacts could be. This research allows electric companies to better prioritize risk in order to enhance protection around critical assets.

“EPRI also tested mitigation strategies and was able to rule out options that don’t work and to identify strategies that mitigate the impacts from an EMP. Multiple electric companies will be piloting those potential solutions to ensure that new mitigation strategies do not impact other energy grid equipment or undermine or conflict with mitigation and protective measures that already are in place.

“As critical infrastructure providers, EEI’s member companies understand they are a target for adversaries. This is why we continue to improve our defenses, but also have focused on response and recovery to ensure any impacts to our systems are limited and that we can help protect our nation’s security and the safety of our customers. Our strong industry-government partnership, coordinated through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, will continue to be key to accomplishing our shared goal of protecting the energy grid against all threats.”

Read EEI's statement​. Find additional resources on EEI’s website​.

In the News
In the News
EEI Announces Finalists for 2019 Edison Award

​Five U.S. and two international electric companies have been named finalists for EEI's 2019 Edison Award. Since 1922, the Edison Award has recognized electric companies for their distinguished leadership, innovation, and contribution to the advancement of the electric power industry. The Edison Award is regarded as the industry's most prestigious honor.

An independent panel of reviewers has selected The AES Corporation, Arizona Public Service Company, Edison International/Southern California Edison, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Xcel Energy as finalists for this year's U.S. Edison Award. Jemena Electricity Network and UK Power Networks were named finalists for the International Edison Award. 

"EEI's member companies are making significant progress in reducing carbon emissions and integrating renewables into the energy grid while providing reliable, affordable, secure, and increasingly clean energy that their customers need and expect," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "This year's Edison Award finalists are leading the clean energy transformation and delivering innovative energy solutions in a rapidly changing world."

A panel of former electric company chief executives will select the winners for the 91st annual Edison Award, which will be presented on June 10 at EEI 2019 in Philadelphia. 

Learn more about the finalists and their innovative projects in EEI's press release​

Register Now for EEI 2019
Register Now for EEI 2019
Connect at the Electric Power Industry's Premier Event

​Plan now to attend EEI 2019, June 9-11 in Philadelphia, and register today to take advantage of early bird rates.

EEI 2019 is the electric power industry’s premier event, bringing together top executives, policymakers, and industry partners for two days of thought leadership, networking, and engagement. Featuring expanded breakout content, compelling keynotes, and abundant networking, EEI 2019 promises to expand your professional network while delivering innovative content from industry experts.

Explore innovative new solutions for customers, cutting-edge ideas in grid security, the future of mobility and transportation electrification, and the changing energy policy and regulatory environments. To enhance their experience, attendees will be able to tailor their own educational experience around four learning tracks:

  • Clean Energy—Examine pathways leading to a clean energy future for the electric power industry.
  • The Customer—Learn how electric companies, technology partners, and policymaker​s are meeting rapidly changing customer expectations.
  • Infrastructure—Discover the building blocks of the modernized energy grid, whose watchwords are resilience, reliability, and affordability.
  • What's Next—Take a guided tour of the future as experts map out how new technologies and emerging policies are transforming our industry in unexpected ways.
Learn more about the exciting speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities at EEI 2019.​
In Case You Missed It
In Case You Missed It
Xcel Energy's Ben Fowke on Leading the Clean Energy Transition

​"We know how important affordability and reliability are to our customers and the communities we serve," writes EEI Vice Chairman Ben Fowke, chairman, president, and CEO, Xcel Energy, in Electric Perspectives. "We also know that expectations are changing. Increasingly, our customers want their energy to be cleaner and greener than ever before—and they expect easy, seamless service. We no longer are judged solely against other service providers like satellite and cable television companies; instead we are compared to some of the world’s best-in-class companies, like Amazon and Google.

"At Xcel Energy, we are laser-focused on meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations and have three strategic priorities for success: leading the clean energy transition, enhancing the customer experience, and keeping our customers’ bills low. These three priorities are interlocking table stakes that we must deliver as we strive to surpass our customers’ expectations."

Read more​.

Company Spotlight
Company Spotlight
Idaho Power Announces Clean Energy Goal

​Idaho Power recently announced its goal to provide 100-percent clean energy by 2045. The company’s Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow.™ effort will build on its 100-year history as a clean energy leader and reaffirms its commitment to delivering reliable and affordable energy. As a step toward this goal, Idaho Power announced the acquisition of up to 120 megawatts of solar power to be built by Idaho company Jackpot Holdings LLC. 

“Providing 100-percent clean energy is an important goal for Idaho Power. More and more customers are telling us it is important to them, too,” said Darrel Anderson, president and CEO of Idaho Power. “We believe this goal is attainable. We have a great head start, thanks to our clean hydropower plants that produce almost half the energy our customers use. Our recently signed agreement with Jackpot Holdings moves us even closer.”

The company notes that additional technological innovation, including upgrades to the energy grid, battery storage technology, and energy efficiency, will be needed to reach its clean energy goals while maintaining reliability and affordability for customers. 

“This plan demonstrates Idaho Power’s commitment to doing what’s right for customers’ pocketbooks and the environment,” Idaho Gov. Brad Little said. “It also shows innovation can improve our lives with solutions that are reasonably priced, responsible and delivered without government intrusion.”

Clean energy initiatives are not new to Idaho Power. In 2009, the company adopted a resolution to reduce carbon emissions. Since then, it has made sustainable, measurable advances toward a clean energy future, all while providing reliable electricity at affordable prices. Since 2005, Idaho Power has reduced its carbon emissions intensity—measured in pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour—by nearly 50 percent.

Happening Now
Happening Now
APS Announces Major New Clean Energy Initiatives

​Every day, our nation’s electric companies work to provide their customers with safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Arizona Public Service (APS) customers soon will have the ability to power their homes and businesses with solar after sunset thanks to three major clean energy initiatives.​

APS announced it will add new battery storage and will build new solar plants with storage to deliver cleaner energy to customers at times of peak energy usage.

APS already provides its customers with an energy mix that is 50 percent clean—​it is only getting cleaner. The recently announced initiatives will add 850 megawatts (MW) of battery storage and at least 100 MW of new solar generation by 2025. This will bring an additional 950 MW of new clean energy technology to the state and to customers, allowing them to use solar energy even after the sun goes down.

“Arizona is already a national leader in solar energy. The challenge is, no one has figured out how to stop the sun from setting at night,” said APS Chairman and CEO Don Brandt. “As storage technology improves and declines in cost, we will increasingly be able to store the power of the sun cost-effectively to deliver when our customers need it.” 

Shortly after the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited the Festival Ranch facility in Arizona for a tour of the power plant and one of the new batteries. Secretary Perry applauded APS and called its new investments “a great example of an all-of-the-above energy policy.” The battery, which is about the size of a small house, helps to keep the energy grid safe and reliable for customers who typically power their homes with solar.

APS also owns and operates many universal solar plants throughout the state of Arizona. These plants will be upgraded with 200 MW of battery storage systems, and six new battery systems will be installed at the company’s solar plants in Maricopa County and Yuma by 2020.

Additionally, APS plans to build 500 MW of solar storage and stand-alone battery storage by 2025. The company has partnered with Tempe-based First Solar to build a first-of-its-kind solar-plus-storage project that will be one of the largest in the country when completed in 2021. 

This is just another example of how electric companies are staying at the forefront of new technologies and are delivering clean and affordable energy to all customers.

An original version of this story can be found in the APS newsroom​.

International Issues
International Issues
International Energy Leaders Participate in 4th Annual Global Electrification Forum

​EEI’s fourth annual Global Electrification Forum, held in Washington on April 10, brought together leaders and senior officials of electric companies from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the global electric sector. The theme of this year’s event was rethinking, redesigning, and reimagining the world’s energy future.

Global electric company leaders exchanged views on the clean energy future and the energy supply choices of tomorrow; the use of advanced technologies to create an electrified future; reimagining the customer experience; and mitigating risks and maximizing opportunities in the financing of electrification. 

EEI President Tom Kuhn welcomed forum participants and set the tone for the day’s discussions: “We’re all very proud of the progress we’re making on reducing carbon emissions and making cleaner electricity. We’re putting customers at the center of everything we do and are making improvements that benefit their lives.”

Bob Rowe, president and CEO, NorthWestern Energy, led a conversation among global electric company leaders on reimagining the electricity customer experience. Nick Akins, chairman, president, and CEO, American Electric Power, joined Basil Scarsella, director and CEO, UK Power Networks, for a “CEO crystal ball” discussion of their vision of the electric power industry’s future. Calvin Butler, CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric, guided a panel on mitigating risks and maximizing opportunities in the financing of electrification. Other sessions explored the clean energy future and the role of advanced technologies in expanding the use of electricity in transportation.

During the event, EEI Vice President of International Programs Lawrence Jones announced the creation of the Global Executive Leadership Network, a voluntary international network of current and former electric company executives who will advise and engage in EEI’s global initiatives and activities, and will share knowledge and best practices on key industry issues.

Photo (L to R): Bob Rowe, president and CEO, NorthWestern Energy; Cletus Bertin, executive director, Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation; Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim, CEO, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority; Nicole Faulk, vice president for customer service and operations, Mississippi Power; Pat O’Doherty, CEO, Electricity Supply Board (Ireland); Abel Tella, director-general, Association of Power Utilities of Africa. Photo: Allison Shelley.

What We're Reading
What We're Reading
Energy Security and Environmental Protection—We Need Them Both

​​“By the turn of the century, the population of the United States is projected to reach 600 million, up from about 350 million today. To meet the needs of these Americans, we will need to invest mightily in our critical infrastructure, especially our energy infrastructure,” writes Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, in Electric Perspectives. “Modernizing and expanding America’s energy grid to deliver electricity reliably and safely is critical to our nation’s success.”

Read more​.

Policy Perspectives
Policy Perspectives
EEI Comments on Infrastructure Executive Orders

Earlier this month, President Trump issued two executive orders related to energy infrastructure. EEI President Tom Kuhn responded: “EEI and its member companies thank President Trump for his commitment to achieving meaningful progress with our nation’s energy priorities. These executive orders are another example of the President’s ongoing effort to ensure that his administration is efficiently managing the siting and permitting processes across all of the federal agencies.

“Across the country, EEI’s member companies are investing more than $100 billion annually in the smarter energy infrastructure needed to deliver the clean energy future that our customers want and expect. These investments directly and indirectly support good paying jobs in every state. 

“At all levels, energy infrastructure siting and permitting processes for electric transmission and distribution lines and natural gas pipelines often are burdensome, restrictive, and duplicative. The existing processes also create unnecessary and costly delays for companies and their customers, as well as introduce new operational risks. Some of the existing permit application and renewal challenges even impede vegetation and wildfire management, which can impact companies’ ability to deliver safe and reliable energy. This is particularly true for rights-of-way on federal lands, which companies need to access in order to conduct vegetation management.

“We appreciate the focus on developing a master agreement for energy infrastructure rights-of-way renewals and reauthorizations as this will help address some of these challenges.

“We also are pleased that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is directed to update its interim guidance and regulations on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act in order to clarify the scope and timeline for reviews.

“We look forward to working with the federal agencies as they identify ways to update these processes.”

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