“Tracking Decarbonization in the Southeast: Generation and CO2 Emissions,” developed by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, examines the role electric utilities have played in decarbonizing the power supply over the last decade. The report examines power sector carbon dioxide emissions throughout the Southeast, home to some of the biggest utility systems in the nation. SACE staff compiled historical data and examined the latest resource plans for major utilities to understand what the power supply will look like in the future, and how much carbon pollution it will emit. SACE analysis accounts for how power is sold between utilities and states.
During this webinar, authors Heather Pohnan and Maggie Shober examined trends presented in the report including:
- Rate of decarbonization based on current utility plans
- Continued utility operation of coal power plants and investment in new gas infrastructure
- Interplay between the electric power and transportation sectors
- Impact of federal and state policy on the electricity fuel mix in the region
- Opportunities for decarbonization through utility resource planning and the expansion of competition in the regional electric sector