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The United States Electricity Mix

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Road to Decarbonization: The United States Electricity Mix The U.S. response to climate change and decarbonization is ramping up, and putting a focus on the country’s electricity mix. As pressure has increased for near-term and immediate action after the UN’s latest IPCC report on climate change, major economies are starting to make bolder pledges. For the United States, that includes a carbon pollution-free utilities sector by 2035. But with 50 states and even more territories—each with different energy sources readily available and utilized—some parts of the U.S. are a lot closer to carbon-free electricity than others. How does each state’s electricity mix compare? This infographic from the National Public Utilities Council highlights the energy sources used for electricity in U.S....

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U.S. Coal Plant Closures

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Road to Decarbonization: U.S. Coal Plant Closures As the push to decarbonize starts to kick into gear in the U.S., how do coal plant closures factor into the equation? With a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, the U.S. is examining all aspects of its economy to see where action is needed. In the automotive industry, for example, the Biden administration is aiming for half of new vehicles to be electric by 2030, following in the footsteps of automakers that have made similar commitments. But in the power sector that supplies electricity for much of the country, fossil fuels continue to be large emission sources. Coal, which accounted for just 19% of electricity generated in the U.S. in 2020, created 54% of the power sector’s emissions. That’s leading to U.S. utilities feeling the...

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The US Utilities ESG Report Card

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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 companies, ESG reports and sustainability plans have become commonplace in the power industry. In addition to reporting what’s needed by regulatory state laws, many utilities utilize reporting frameworks like the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) ESG Initiative or the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. But inconsistent regulations, mixed definitions, and perceived importance levels have led some utilities to report significantly more environmental metrics than others. How do U.S. utilities’ ESG reports stack up? This...

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Carbon Neutral Goals by Country

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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 carbon neutral pledges, or commit to them in the first place. It’s a follow-up to the Paris Agreement, which keeps signatories committed to reaching carbon neutrality in emissions in the second half of the 21st century. But 2050–2100 is a wide timeframe, and climate change is becoming both increasingly present and more dire. So when are countries committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions, and how serious is their pledge? This infographic from the National Public Utilities Council highlights the world’s carbon neutral...

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

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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 emissions, none are as impactful as the energy sector. In 2016, almost three-quarters of global GHG emissions came from energy consumption. With organizations looking to either curb energy consumption or transition to cleaner forms of energy, the pressure is on utilities to decarbonize and offer green alternatives. How are U.S. utilities responding? This infographic from the National Public Utility Council highlights the decarbonization targets of the largest investor-owned and public U.S. utilities. U.S. Utility...

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What Carbon Emissions Are Part Of Your Footprint?

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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 organizations is a “net-zero” pledge to both reduce and balance carbon emissions with carbon offsets. Germany, France and the UK have already signed net-zero emissions laws targeting 2050, and the U.S. and Canada recently committed to synchronize efforts towards the same net-zero goal by 2050. As organizations face mounting pressure from governments and consumers to decarbonize, they need to define the carbon emissions that make up their carbon footprints in order to measure and minimize them. This infographic from the National Public...

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