Issues & Policy
EEI’s member companies are leading a clean energy transformation. We are committed to getting the energy we provide as clean as we can as fast as we can, without compromising customer affordability and reliability. Today, carbon emissions from the U.S. electric power sector are as low as they were almost 40 years ago, while electricity use has climbed 73 percent since then.
EEI’s member companies are continuing to work to reduce carbon emissions in our sector and are committed to helping other sectors—particularly the transportation and industrial sectors—transition to clean, efficient electric energy. This is just the start. With investments in new technologies and the right policies, we can do even more to build a cleaner, stronger economy together.
Together, we are delivering America’s resilient clean energy future.
Electric Companies Are Leading on Clean Energy
EEI's Leadership at COP27
From November 10-15, 2022, an EEI delegation was in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, participating in the COP27 global climate change meetings and highlighting the leadership of U.S. electric companies in reducing carbon emissions. Recordings of all EEI sessions now are available.
EEI also plans to send a delegation to the COP28 meetings in the United Arab Emirates in November 2023.
Our Policy Priorities
Going forward, electric companies will continue to make significant carbon reductions. The robust clean energy tax package included in the Inflation Reduction Act will provide substantial long-term benefits to electricity customers across America. When taken together with the CHIPS and Science Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, these policies strongly support the technologies needed to accelerate the deployment of new clean energy resources, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and middle-mile broadband. They also support the development of the next generation of innovative new technologies that will help electric companies deliver a resilient clean energy future faster and more affordably to customers.
Implementing these new laws will take a significant amount of work. That is why EEI continues to coordinate and to lead industry efforts related to implementation and funding, working to ensure that America’s electric companies and their state and local governments are ready and able to access and to use new federal infrastructure funds and programs.
We also need policies that:
- Enable the siting, permitting, and construction of new technologies and the transmission infrastructure we need to deliver clean energy to customers.
- Enhance energy grid modernization and resilience.
- Leverage electric power sector emission reductions to reduce emissions in other sectors of the economy.
Leading a Clean Energy Transformation
EEI’s member companies are committed to getting the energy they provide as clean as they can as fast as they can, while maintaining the reliability and affordability that our customers value. Select a state to learn more about your electric company’s clean energy commitment and clean energy projects.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Changing the Energy Mix
Electric companies rely on a diverse and domestic energy mix to generate the safe, reliable, affordable, and resilient clean electricity we need. Over the past decade, our nation’s energy mix has changed dramatically. Today, more than 40 percent of our electricity comes from clean, carbon-free sources, including nuclear energy, hydropower, wind, and solar energy.
Reducing Overall Carbon Emissions
As electric companies continue to transition their generating fleets to cleaner fuels, their emissions are going down significantly. As of year-end 2021, the electric power sector’s carbon emissions were 36 percent below a 2005 baseline. In addition, emissions from the electric power sector have been lower than the transportation sector since 2016.
This impressive trend is expected to continue, as many EEI member companies have announced voluntary commitments to further reduce their carbon emissions in the near- and long-term.
U.S. Power Sector CO2 Emissions Are Declining
CO2 Emissions: Electric Power, Transportation, and Industrial Sectors
Electrifying the Transportation Sector
Expanding the use of electricity in transportation saves money, improves the environment, and enhances quality of life for everyone. Since electric vehicles (EVs) have zero tailpipe emissions, they help reduce CO2 emissions and improve local air quality. Across the country, EEI member companies are partnering with communities and stakeholders to support the growth of EVs while continuing to build EV charging infrastructure. In addition to EVs, electrification is taking hold in public transit, delivery vehicles, ridesharing applications, ports and airports, and more.
In December 2021, EEI launched the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), which is a collaboration among electric companies that are committed to providing EV fast charging stations that will allow the public to drive EVs with confidence along major U.S. travel corridors by the end of 2023. The NEHC is the largest such alliance of electric companies that have organized around the common goal of deploying EV fast charging infrastructure to support the growing number of EVs and to help ensure that the transition to EVs is seamless for drivers.
Carbon-Free Technology Initiative (CFTI)
EEI has joined with a number of environmental and technology-focused non-governmental organizations to launch the Carbon-Free Technology Initiative (CFTI), which is focused on implementation of federal policies that can help ensure the commercial availability of affordable, carbon-free, 24/7 power technology options by the early 2030s.
Many of the CFTI's policy recommendations address research and development, demonstration, deployment, and issues that have an impact on the cost or performance of a technology, such as siting and permitting. They outline the need for appropriations, authorizations, and tax and finance policies to advance these technologies.