The Clean Power and Electrification Pathway calls for three closely linked efforts that support and build upon each other:
- Doubling the use of carbon-free electricity from 40 percent today to 80 percent by 2030, supported by energy storage - The electric sector has already reduced GHG emissions below 1990 levels and now accounts for only 19 percent of California's GHG emissions.The plan calls for increasing the use of large-scale, carbon-free generation such as wind, solar and large hydroelectric power plants to at least 80 percent of electricity delivered to customers, continued use of distributed rooftop solar and doubling energy efficiency by 2030.
- Accelerating the use of electric vehicles, including passenger cars and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, to more than 7 million by 2030 - The transportation sector is the largest source of GHG emissions and local air quality problems, with 40 percent of the goods entering the nation moving through the region's ports and highways. "It is critical that we work toward providing measurable reductions in air pollution that causes health problems and disproportionately affects communities that are located near transportation corridors with heavy freight movement," Pizarro said.To encourage consumer acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles, SCE's proposal urges development of additional charging infrastructure and continued financial incentives that lower the purchase price of electric vehicles during the early stages of adoption, particularly for low- and middle-income communities.
- Increasing electrification of commercial and residential space and water heating - SCE's plan indicates that the electrification of nearly one-third of residential and commercial space and water heaters, combined with continued improvements in energy efficiency in buildings, could reduce GHG emissions significantly.
"SCE is dedicated to delivering a clean energy future for California," said SCE President Ron Nichols. "The Clean Power and Electrification Pathway provides a blueprint to achieve the company's and the state's air quality and climate policy goals by building a clean energy economy while creating high-skill middle income jobs. SCE will continue to leverage and expand a wide variety of innovative technologies, including large-scale and customer-sited renewables, energy storage and energy efficiency."About Southern California Edison An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.