Utilities’ path to a carbon-free energy system

 

Credit: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Geographic Information Science & Technology group generated the electric utility service territory maps displayed above.

For more information on the SEPA Utility Carbon-Reduction Tracker’s methodology, see the FAQ page.


Recently announced carbon-reduction targets

March 2022 | NorthWestern Energy
Net-zero scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2050.
December 2021 | Nebraska Public Power District
Net-zero carbon emissions from generation resources by 2050.
November 2021 | Tampa Electric Company
60% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2000 levels by 2025. 80% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2000 levels by 2040. Net-zero carbon emissions from power plants by 2050.
August 2021 | PPL Corporation
70% reduction in carbon emissions from 2010 levels by 2035. 80% reduction in carbon emissions from 2010 levels by 2040. Net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Utility Carbon Reduction: By the Numbers

Of U.S. customer accounts are served by an individual utility with a carbon-reduction target, or a utility owned by a parent company with a carbon-reduction target

Of U.S. customer accounts are served by an individual utility with a 100% carbon-reduction target, or a utility owned by a parent company with a 100% carbon-reduction target
Individual Utilities vs. Utility Parent Companies

Individual Utilities – 38%

of U.S. customer accounts are served by an individual utility with a voluntary or mandatory 100% carbon-reduction target

Utility Parent Companies – 31%

of U.S. customer accounts are served by a utility owned by a parent company with a voluntary 100% carbon-reduction target

Additional Stats

Individual Utilities

312 Individual utilities are preparing to meet a state’s 100% carbon-reduction requirement

41 Individual utilities have adopted a voluntary carbon-reduction target

31 Individual utilities have adopted a voluntary 100% carbon-reduction target

Utility Parent Companies

26 Utility parent companies have adopted a voluntary carbon-reduction target

22 Utility parent companies have adopted a voluntary 100% carbon-reduction target


Notes on the data presented in this section appear at the bottom of the page

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Questions?

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For reporters or government officials, contact Jordan Nachbar, SEPA Communications Manager, at [email protected] or 202.559.2034.

Additional Resources

For more information on carbon-reduction targets, check out these industry resources.

Notes on data presented in “Utility Carbon-Reduction: By the Numbers” section above

  • 81% of U.S. customer accounts are served by an individual utility with a carbon-reduction target, or a utility owned by a parent company with a carbon-reduction target – includes targets adopted by G&Ts
  • 69% of U.S. customer accounts are served by an individual utility with a 100% carbon-reduction target, or a utility owned by a parent company with a 100% carbon-reduction target – includes targets adopted by G&Ts
  • 38% of U.S. customer accounts are served by an individual utility with a voluntary or mandatory 100% carbon-reduction target – excludes targets adopted by utility parent companies; includes targets adopted by G&Ts
  • 312 individual utilities are preparing to meet a state’s 100% carbon-reduction requirement – excludes targets adopted by utility parent companies and G&Ts
  • 41 individual utilities have adopted a voluntary carbon-reduction target –  excludes targets adopted by utility parent companies; includes targets adopted by G&Ts
  • 31 individual utilities have adopted a voluntary 100% carbon-reduction target – excludes targets adopted by utility parent companies; includes targets adopted by G&Ts