What makes a utility environmentally responsible?

Environmental responsibility is a key cornerstone of public power. In meeting this, utilities fulfill a variety of roles, such as:

  • Tracking environmental performance of their operations, such as emissions
  • Researching options for increasing sustainability and efficiency of their systems
  • Implementing energy efficiency practices in their operations, including within their facilities
  • Supporting customers in maximizing energy efficiency, such as through audits and financing programs
  • Managing vegetation near electric system assets
  • Protecting or working to minimize effects on local habitats/wildlife from electrical systems
  • Including renewable and non-emitting sources in their generation mix, or offering customers the option to voluntarily buy energy from renewable resources
  • Incentivizing, educating, and/or supporting customers on solar PV, storage, EV charging, or other technology that helps to lower emissions
  • Collaborating with other city departments to optimize environmental performance and processes, such as paperless billing, recycling, and sustainable supply management
  • Promoting environmentally beneficial electrification that reduces overall energy intensity
  • Educating customers on optimal water use and reuse

Infographic explaining different ways utilities embody environmental responsibility