The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently released a joint statement supporting policies that continue to accelerate the clean energy transition. The statement promotes investment in smarter energy infrastructure, while ensuring affordable and reliable electricity; and facilitate collaboratively developed rate design and regulatory reforms that accommodate rapid technology change and evolving customer expectations.
The NRDC and EEI, which represents the nation’s investor-owned electric companies, will work together to advance 21 wide-ranging policy recommendations that build upon America’s already significant and accelerating progress toward a clean energy future. While NRDC and EEI do not always agree, the release of the statement during the winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) underscores both the critical role of state-level decision makers and the potential for common ground on solutions to electric industry challenges.
“Utilities have made remarkable progress in reducing carbon and other emissions while making energy products and services even more affordable and reliable for America’s homes and businesses,” said Ralph Cavanagh, energy co-director at NRDC. “But progress must accelerate in order to combat the worst effects of climate change, lower customer bills, and clean our air. To succeed, we need a reliable, modern electric system that’s smarter, cleaner, more dynamic, more flexible, and more secure. Our joint recommendations will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help get us there.”
“EEI’s member companies are committed to delivering America’s energy future,” added Phil Moeller, executive vice president of the business operations group and regulatory affairs at EEI. “At the center of our industry’s vision of the future is meeting customers’ needs by building and using smarter energy infrastructure, providing even cleaner energy, and creating the energy solutions customers want. This statement provides valuable opportunities to make progress on several key policy priorities, including smarter energy infrastructure, rate design, and regulatory reform.”
The NRDC recently released three strategies for reducing energy use in buildings that could help slash carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels,
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