“Achieving 100% Clean Electricity in the Southeast” Report

Kate Tracy | June 14, 2021 | Reports and Fact Sheets

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“Achieving 100% Clean Electricity in the Southeast: Enacting a Federal Clean Electricity Standard, developed by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), lays out multiple pathways for some of the biggest utility systems in the nation to achieve 100% clean electricity.

As SACE’s recent “Tracking Decarbonization in the Southeast” 2021 report notes, Duke Energy, Southern Company, NextEra, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, are not on track to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, or even 2050. This lack of decarbonization effort falls far short of the Biden Administration’s goal of decarbonizing the nation’s electric grid by 2035, a timeframe recommended by scientists to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Our report examines the role a federal Clean Electricity Standard (CES) can play in ensuring major Southeast utilities can reach net-zero carbon emissions sooner. SACE staff will present pathways that represent an aggressive build-out of clean electricity resources like distributed solar, energy efficiency, demand response, and wind. Each pathway meets high-level tests to ensure it would provide adequate power throughout the year based on actual hourly peak data.

Following the report’s release, SACE’s policy staff will host a series of webinars focusing on pathways to 100% clean electricity for the four major Southeast utilities examined in the report and discuss:

  • What a federal Clean Electricity Standard is and how it could be key to kickstarting aggressive decarbonization
  • Multiple pathways with a different power generation mix for each utility to reach net-zero carbon emissions
  • How distributed resources like rooftop solar and energy efficiency are key to decarbonizing
  • Descriptions of the method used to develop and test each pathway to clean electricity
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