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Pepco’s Climate Change Journey

Our Journey

As part of the Exelon family of companies, Pepco joined Exelon’s ongoing commitment to protect the environment and take action to address climate, when, in 2018, Exelon announced a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its internal operations by 15 percent by 2022. This marks the third in a series of greenhouse gas commitments Exelon has undertaken, with the first two programs resulting in the avoidance of more than 67.8 million metric tons of emissions -- the equivalent of taking 14.5 million vehicles off the road for a year.  

The GHG goal announced in 2018 targeted 1.1 million metric tons of emissions associated with Exelon’s internal operations across its footprint, including the internal operations of Pepco in the District of Columbia. Pepco is on track to meet this GHG reduction target and is doing so by reducing losses of SF6 from gas-insulated electrical equipment, investing in vehicle electrification and improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and other facilities. 

Going forward, we can do more. Combating climate change requires continuous action, investment and improvement, and at Pepco, we are committed to doing our part to further reducing GHG emissions and help our customers and communities meet their climate change goals.

Our Commitment

At Pepco, we are working to align our operations, grid investments, and customer product offerings and services with the District’s climate and clean energy goals

  • This means reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions from operations on a trajectory that meets or exceeds the District’s reduction goals, and
  • Supporting our customers and the larger community by providing the tools, programs and resources needed to enable the transition to clean energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and greater resilience in the face of a changing climate

Scientific studies demonstrate that in order to drive greenhouse gas emissions down to the level necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,  actions must be taken to “decarbonize” all sectors of the economy. This includes increasing the energy efficiency of the built environment, rapidly driving down greenhouse gas emissions in the electric generation sector, and using this clean electricity to power as much of the economy as possible – including transportation, pursuing cost-effective opportunities to reduce the carbon content of liquid and gaseous fuels, and taking steps to sequester carbon in the natural environment and industrial processes.

Pepco’s climate and clean energy strategy is aligned around these “pillars of decarbonization” and supports efforts to decarbonize the economy – including in buildings and homes, electricity generation, and transportation[LINK_TO BE PROVIDED]—while advancing efficiency, resilience, equity and innovation.

Our Approach

Pepco’s core business is the safe, reliable and affordable delivery of electricity to residents and businesses across the District of Columbia. As an electric distribution company, Pepco does not own power plants. Instead, in accordance with the policies of the District of Columbia, Pepco purchases electricity on behalf of its customers from wholesale electricity providers and delivers that electricity to homes, schools, houses of worship and businesses. The electricity the company purchases meets the renewable energy goals as established by the District of Columbia, which the company supported as part of the Clean Energy Omnibus Act of 2018, and means that by 2032, 100% of the electricity will be from renewable energy sources.

And, while Pepco does not own power plants, we know we can have a major impact on combatting climate change, including as a major employer, a company with a significant operational footprint and community presence, and provider of products and services to our customers. We recognize that we have a responsibility take action to, help the District of Columbia meet its clean energy and greenhouse gas goals, and enable a brighter, cleaner energy future for all our customers and communities.

That is why we have developed a plan that is:

  • Action Oriented: Our plan focuses on specific measures that we can take to reduce emissions, enhance resiliency and improve local air quality in line with the District’s goals and objectives
  • Focused on Continuous Improvement: We will achieve our current 2022 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal and are committed to driving down our GHG footprint even further – and helping our customers and communities do the same
  • Innovative: We will deliver innovative solutions to serve our customers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions economywide, advance equity and opportunity for our communities, and deliver on the District’s vision of being "the healthiest, greenest, most livable city for all residents"
  • Replicable and Transparent: We will communicate our efforts so other companies can adopt similar programs and strategies; we will learn from our efforts and inform our public policy development and advocacy, accordingly; and we will be transparent about our progress
  • Dynamic: We know that we don’t have all the answers today; our plan is intended to be dynamic. We will review and make adjustments to ensure we continue to make progress toward achieving the greenhouse gas reductions necessary to combat climate change and strengthen resilience.

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<Pepco Climate Change Commitment-Our Progress.pdf>

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Key District of Columbia Climate Change Goals and Related Mandates:

  • Reduce emissions 50% by 2032 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050​

  • 100% renewable electricity by 2032​

  • 10% solar electricity by 2041​

  • 50% reduction in building energy use by 2032​

  • 25% EV registrations by 2030 and 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2045​

  • 100% replacement of public and school buses with electric models at end-of-life​

  • 100% zero-emission vehicles for fleets and taxis by 2045

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