For Immediate Release
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 14, 2021) – Pepco today announced a major climate change commitment, launching a multi-faceted, action-oriented effort to help the state of Maryland achieve its clean energy and climate goals. Together, with similar commitments made today by Exelon sister companies BGE and Delmarva Power, Pepco is taking significant steps to advance initiatives that will help make our communities cleaner and safer for generations to come and support Exelon's broader "Path to Clean," which will cut emissions from operations by at least half by 2030 and achieve net zero operational emission by 2050.
As part of the commitment, Pepco will focus on actionable measures to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by at least 50 percent by 2030, deliver innovative solutions that will empower customers to meet their climate change objectives, and drive collaborative efforts with stakeholders and community partners to achieve greater greenhouse gas reduction across Maryland, while continuing efforts to address the impacts of climate change.
"We must take action now to address the severe impacts of climate change," said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. "From projects that will make the local energy grid smarter, stronger, and cleaner, to efforts that will make our operations even more efficient, we are taking these important steps to support our customers and the communities where we live and work and to help ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for the future, equitably and inclusively."
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland legislature have taken major steps to advance the state's clean energy and climate goals. The state's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act calls for a reduction of emissions of 40 percent by 2030 (from 2006 levels), and the renewable portfolio standard goal of 50 percent by 2030 is among the most aggressive in the country. Pepco's efforts directly support these goals.
"We applaud the great work by Governor Hogan and the Maryland State Legislature, along with support from the Maryland Public Service Commission, in creating a clean and sustainable future for generations to come," said Cooper. "We strongly support these efforts, along with the significant efforts being led by both Prince George's and Montgomery counties, with our own actions and initiatives that we are ensuring are implemented in an equitable and affordable way."
Pepco has established a series of initiatives to reduce its own carbon footprint as quickly and efficiently as possible, while ensuring the readiness and resilience of the local energy grid to foster a cleaner and more efficient energy economy. In August, Pepco joined its sister Exelon utilities in committing to reducing operations related emissions by at least 50 percent, as compared to a 2015 baseline, by 2030 and to ultimately achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 as part of the Exelon Utilities-wide "Path to Clean" commitment. These commitments include:
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