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National Public Utilities Council

The National Public Utilities Council (NPUC) is a leading research organization dedicated to driving progress in the decarbonization of power generation. The council fosters collaboration between public utilities, providing a platform for sharing ideas and finding innovative solutions to the challenges of reducing carbon emissions.

NPUC is best known for its annual report that ranks the decarbonization progress of top investor-owned utilities (IOUs), providing valuable insights into the industry’s efforts to transition towards cleaner energy sources. Learn more about how the NPUC is working towards the future of sustainable energy.

Annual Decarbonization Report

In collaboration with Visual Capitalist, the National Public Utilities Council (NPUC) has developed the Annual Utility Decarbonization Report, serving as a comprehensive and viable ranking system for public utilities that will drive the decarbonization conversation forward. The report provides utilities, administrators, investors, and utility customers a data-driven look at the status of decarbonization among U.S. utilities.

The Decarbonization Channel

Decarbonization Channel is a new site by Visual Capitalist, brought to you by the National Public Utilities Council.

We will regularly publish infographics related to decarbonization, with a focus on the U.S. energy sector.


The NPUC hosts bi-monthly roundtables with utility representatives from across the nation to discuss all things decarbonization.

Interested in discussing our report findings? Join us at our next roundtable!


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Visualizing the 30 Largest U.S. Hydropower Plants

The 30 Largest Hydropower Plants in the U.S. Did you know that the largest power plant in the United States is hydroelectric? Hydropower is the second-largest source of U.S. renewable electricity generation and the largest source of power in seven different states....

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Visualizing the State of Climate Change

Visualizing the State of Climate Change The recent influx of wildfires, droughts, and hurricanes serves as a warning sign of the impact of climate change. In order to identify ways to mitigate the crisis, it’s important to understand the historical drivers and...

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Visualized: How the Power Grid Works

How Does the Power Grid Work? Electricity is critical to our daily lives, but how does it get from the power plant to our homes? The power grid is a complex interconnected system that powers the entire economy by carrying electricity from the source of generation...

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Visualizing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector

Visualizing U.S. Emissions by Sector Decarbonization efforts in the U.S. are ramping up, and in 2020, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were lower than at any point during the previous 30 years. However there’s still work to be done before various organizations,...

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What Carbon Emissions Are Part Of Your Footprint?

Decarbonization 101: What Carbon Emissions Are Part Of Your Footprint? With many countries and companies formalizing commitments to meeting the Paris Agreement carbon emissions reduction goals, the pressure to decarbonize is on. A common commitment from...

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How does the U.S. get to zero-carbon electricity?

Decarbonization Targets for the Largest U.S. Utilities The U.S. recently rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement and decarbonization is back on the minds of government officials and companies alike. Though every sector plays a major role on the path to net zero carbon...

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Carbon Neutral Goals by Country

Race to Net Zero: Carbon Neutral Goals by Country The time to talk about net zero goals is running out, and the time to put them into action is well underway. At the U.S. Climate Summit in April 2021, U.S. President Biden pressured countries to either speed up...

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The US Utilities ESG Report Card

Tracked: The US Utilities ESG Report Card As emissions reductions and sustainable practices become more important for electrical utilities, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting is coming under increased scrutiny. Once seen as optional by most...

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The utility industry urgently needs to move towards a realistic system of carbon free solutions to meet the climate challenge facing the U.S., and the world.

NPUC is poised to lead the way with its thought leadership expertise, industry reach, and passion to transform existing industry practices.

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