Exelon Utilities announced Aug. 4 it will reduce its operations-driven emissions 50% by 2030 and ultimately to net-zero by 2050 as part of its continuing efforts to address the climate crisis. A division of Exelon Corporation, Exelon Utilities is composed of Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO, and PEPCO. The six utilities deliver electricity and gas to more than 10 million customers across five states and the District of Columbia.
Each of the company’s utilities has already reduced their own emissions significantly and worked in their communities to deploy smart grid technology, electric vehicle infrastructure, and other tools and programs aimed at making the grid more efficient and helping customers reduce energy use.
To achieve net-zero emissions from operations, some of the actions Exelon Utilities will take include:
- Converting 30% of its vehicle fleet to electric by 2025 and 50% by 2030
- Focusing technology and infrastructure investments on increasing energy efficiency and utilizing clean electricity for operations
- Modernizing natural gas infrastructure to minimize methane leaks and increase safety and reliability
The company also will seek to reduce emissions beyond its own operations by continuing to advocate for sound climate policies, partnering with state and local leaders to achieve community emissions goals, and piloting new grid technologies, among other actions. With transportation accounting for more than half of all carbon emissions, each of the six Exelon utilities has taken steps to support electric vehicle adoption in their jurisdictions. The company also continues to prioritize innovative energy efficiency programs, which in 2020 helped customers save money on their energy bills and reduced usage by 22.3 million megawatt hours, or the equivalent energy use of 932,000 average homes for a year.
As the company moves toward net-zero, another key priority will be to ensure the economic, jobs, and environmental benefits of clean energy are shared equally.
Originally posted on Work Truck Online