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Reducing Our GHG Footprint, Building Resilience and Preparing for the Future

As an electricity delivery company that does not generate electricity for sale, Pepco’s major sources of operationally-driven greenhouse (GHG) emissions are associated with (1) electricity use in our buildings, (2) SF6 use in electrical equipment, and (3) gasoline, diesel and biofuel used in our vehicle fleet. In 2019, these emissions totaled approximately 18,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent.

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Pepco DC does not own fossil fuel power generation facilities or currently use natural gas in its buildings. The electricity Pepco delivers to its customers complies with the parameters of the District's Standard Offer Service (SOS) requirements. In the District of Columbia, Pepco is not authorized to provide retail electricity offerings to its customers other than SOS. By 2032, all electricity delivered to Pepco's customers through the SOS will meet the District's 100% renewable goal; as part of the meeting the RPS, Pepco DC will enter into a contract(s) for the purchase of renewable electricity directly from renewable energy project developers to help achieve these targets.

To reduce our own operationally-driven GHG footprint, Pepco will take steps to 1) electrify our fleet, 2) improve the energy efficiency of our buildings, 3) transition to 100% clean and renewable electricity use at our own facilities, 4) reduce the leakage of SF6 associated with operating our energy delivery network, and 5) engage with our employees to encourage better environmental choices.

In addition to taking actions to reduce our operational GHG footprint in the District, Pepco is also committed to taking actions to make our system more resilient and to assess the readiness of the grid to accommodate increasing amounts of electrification in support of the District’s broader resilience and GHG reduction goals. For example, Pepco will undertake an analysis to identify the investments needed to transition to a more electrified energy system, in alignment with the goals established in Carbon Free DC, as well as to assess our existing infrastructure and system to identify opportunities to continue to increase overall resiliency by making it smarter, stronger and cleaner.

As a result of our proposed actions in the District of Columbia, Pepco aims to reduce its operationally-driven emissions by approximately 70% by 2025 and support the readiness of the grid to both enable increasing amounts of system electrification and withstand future climate-related events.

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