Utility Briefing Book
Utility policy plays a pivotal role in the pursuit of climate goals and the transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean energy economy. The utility sector is a primary source of greenhouse gas emissions, with the power sector contributing 25% to total U.S. emissions. Currently, about 60% of electricity generation is still derived from fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, petroleum, and other gasses. By creating and implementing effective utility policies, legislators can help steer the energy industry away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner, more sustainable practices. The benefits from the transition to a clean energy economy cannot be achieved without investing in an efficient, optimized, and modern grid that can effectively utilize new technologies and resources, while also responding to customer needs and decreasing customer costs. The electrical grid plays a pivotal role in the clean energy future by enabling the reliable integration, distribution, and utilization of clean energy resources on a large scale.