3561

Megawatts

of installed hydroelectric power plants

642

Megawatts

of wind farms

496

Megawatts

of solar plants

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The Path to Drawdown: Electrical Utility

Electric utilities play an important role in the path to a world of net-zero emissions. They provide the connective tissue between key Drawdown solutions: renewable energy generation and energy storage. Through long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs), utilities enable renewable energy developers to secure buyers for their power and unlock project finance. Utility companies also often control electrical grids, putting them in the position to prioritize (or deprioritize) the extent to which the grid is outfitted  for the intermittency of solar and wind power generation. They also are key players in greenlighting the development of  large-scale energy storage.

There are dozens of investor-owned utilities traded on the New York stock exchange (such as Duke, NextEra, Dominion, Xcel, PG&E, etc.), and many of them are purchasing or developing renewable power capacities to provide clean electricity to customers across large regions. We use a stringent criteria to determine which utilities are significantly contributing to the low-carbon energy transition.

What We Want to See Improve

Phase Out Oil & Gas

We very much applaud Enel for the plan to phase out coal. But in their 2023 projection, oil and gas still comprise 7% (p. 58) of their total installed capacity. As part of their mid- to long-term plan, we'd like to nudge Enel to phase out these gas and oil assets and replace them with renewables, hydroelectric, and geothermal generation.

Redue Emissions

We commend Enel for tracking both their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. This type of transparency allows investors to accurately assess companies' carbon footprint. And sure enough, we'd like to push them harder in the direction of cutting their emissions. Their emissions in 2020 (p. 305) have gone down, but we want to make sure that this is not simply because of the COVID pandemic In other words, we'd like to see that Enel is progressively working toward cutting their emissions in a concrete manner.

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Allocated Company Description

3.32%

Exelon Corp. (EXC)

Exelon is one of the largest US electric utility and operates nuclear, wind, solar, hydro plants. They’re a key player in decarbonizing the power sector

2.61%

Sempra Energy (SRE)

Sempra Energy develops energy infrastructure and provides electricity and gas. Green utilities are the bedrock for developing more renewable energy

1.53%

Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (CIG)

CIG is one of the largest power utilities in Brazil that generates its electricity from renewable sources. They’re a model of how utilities should go green

1.48%

PG&E (PCG)

PG&E is a public utility that offers electricity and natural gas to customers and growing their clean energy capacity. Green utilities are key to Drawdown

1.30%

Avangrid, Inc. (AGR)

Avangrid generates most of its electricity through solar, onshore wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass - an exemplar of green utilities

0.71%

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (AQN)

Algonquin Power & Utilities operates renewable and clean energy assets throughout North America. These are key sources of energy in a decarbonized world

0.19%

Enel Chile S.A. (ENIC)

Enel generates electricity from hydroelectric, solar, wind, and geothermal. They’re helping expand clean energy capacity

0.10%

Montauk Renewables, Inc. (MNTK)

Montauk has facilities that generate renewable natural gas, a sustainable fuel. Electric utilities like Montauk are key to expanding clean energy capacity

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