LPPC members work to ensure reliable, sustainable and affordable service – today and in the future – with innovative programs that reduce emission levels, expand capacity and improve energy efficiency through the use of diverse fuels, including natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydro, wind and solar.
1 | DEVELOP AND DEPLOY INNOVATIVE CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Support Research, Development and Demonstration to Advance Clean Energy Transformation
LPPC power supports a strong federal role to expand available generation technology options, support advanced grid capabilities, and enhance end-user services. LPPC supports robust Federal budgets for research, development and demonstration of the full range of technologies needed to achieve clean energy goals, including: advanced dispatchable renewables; zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen; advanced nuclear energy; CO2 utilization and storage; long-duration electricity storage; and other carbon-free technologies. Congress should support the commercialization of these types of new emission-reducing technologies and provide public power communities with access to financing tools and incentives to make necessary investments in system modernization.
2 | CLIMATE POLICY
Public Power Systems Have Made Great Strides to Reduce Carbon Dioxide
LPPC’s members are consumer-driven utilities committed to reliability, affordability, economic development and environmental stewardship. Public power systems continue to move toward a clean energy economy through investments in zero and low-carbon energy resources and expanding the ways that clean energy is used to power the economy. Many LPPC members, informed by the preferences of the communities that they serve, are actively pursuing a net zero carbon goal, and all LPPC members are actively pursuing a shift to cleaner energy sources. We support federal actions regarding reductions in carbon dioxide emissions as a part of an economy-wide approach that respects regional differences and local governance, encourage innovation, incorporate performance-based policies rather than picking technologies, enable flexible compliance, recognize and credit early action, and promote a balanced energy portfolio.
3 | BALANCED ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Regulators Should Consider Effectiveness, Cost and Available Technology
Environmental stewardship, including the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, is a critical responsibility of the power sector. Federal environmental laws and regulations aimed at driving a clean energy future should be carefully crafted to minimize adverse consumer cost impacts and maintain grid reliability. In particular, policies should be cost-effective, rely on demonstrated technology, account for regional differences including the diversity of available generation sources, and provide workable implementation schedules.
LPPC members are dedicated to protecting the environment and the health and welfare of the communities we serve. Currently about 36 percent of LPPC member-owned capacity is carbon-free, and this number is expected to increase by 10 percent in the next 10 years. LPPC members are also projected to purchase an additional 5,024 MW of carbon-free wind, solar, nuclear and hydro power over the next 10 years, which is 90 percent of members’ supply purchases.
LPPC members work with policymakers to ensure that energy and environmental regulations provide flexibility and workability for utilities to help them maintain affordabilty for their consumers.
LPPC believes that any future federal climate policy should be established first by Congress and implemented by EPA. LPPC supports environmental regulations that are consistent with statutory authority and those offering the greatest flexibility and recognition of regional differences.
Across the United States, LPPC members are actively reducing greenhouse gases and lowering consumer electric bills through conservation and energy efficiency.
LPPC members have invested almost $2.2 billion in demand side energy efficiency and spent $994 million on efficiency incentives. LPPC members are also investing in smart grid technologies. LPPC member digital meters represent 15 percent of the digital meters in the U.S., providing a technology platform that enables consumer-selected efficiency measures and demand response. Digital meters provide the data necessary for consumers to make informed choices about their energy use.
LPPC member utilities often receive national recognition for exemplary and innovative programs including:
- The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy — “Best in America”
- The Interstate Renewable Energy Council — “Renewable Energy Recognition Award”
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Landfill Methane Outreach Program’s “Electric Generation Project of the Year”
- American Wind Energy Association ranking of “Top Wind Energy Developments”