Cleaning Energy Supplies
What is the best way forward for our region’s energy supplies?
Expanding renewable generation and transitioning away from fossil fuels for all energy uses will be necessary to meet future emissions targets.
Preparing for a more electric future
Increased electric generation from renewables and natural gas has dramatically reduced the emissions caused by powering our homes and businesses. With recent advances in technology, there is a growing opportunity to convert other major energy uses, primarily transportation and space heating, to efficient electric options. Cars and trucks in the region are largely powered by gasoline and diesel fuel, and homes and office buildings are primarily heated with natural gas and fuel oil.
Electric vehicles and improved technologies that use electricity for space heating can provide emissions reductions and cost savings today with current sources of electricity. Further emissions savings can easily be achieved if the proportion of renewable power on the grid increases in the future. If all heating and transportation uses were electrified today, emissions from them would be cut in half - doing so while increasing renewable electric generation to 50% of our power would cut those emissions by 70%.
Increasing the amount of renewable electricity generated in the region
While large shifts to natural gas for generating electricity have led to dramatic reductions in emissions as coal and oil plants were phased out, there is limited opportunity remaining for more of these savings. Substituting renewable power for natural gas generation will provide the next phase of emissions reductions in the region. Continued support for RPS policies and other renewable incentive programs is vital to meeting future emissions goals.