Southern California Edison (SCE) just published its Clean Power and Electrification Pathway white paper and it’s super-positive for electric cars.
SCE’s updated commitment banks on current programs and further expands upon the state’s clean air initiatives. President and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of SCE, Pero Pizarro, shared in the press release:
“Climate change and air pollution are serious threats that will require the state to transform the way energy is produced and used. California is a global leader in addressing climate change and we will enable those efforts by leading the transformation of the electric industry to better serve our customers, protect the environment and improve public health.”
California aims to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.
With the first set of goals only 12 years away, policies must be clarified and adhered to, and business leaders and community members need to be on the same page. President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, and South Coast Air Quality Management District board member, Joseph Lyou, said:
“I am encouraged to see SCE proposing solutions and taking seriously our clean air needs and climate protection goals.”
First Solar CEO, Mark Widmar, added:
“SCE’s push to evolve the role of solar energy and the clean energy market will result in making zero emission electric supply available cost effectively for expanded use in transportation, homes and businesses.”
In order to work to achieve its goals, the Clean Power and Electrification Pathway calls for an accelerated and interrelated threefold process:
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.
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.
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.
Editor’s Note: To put that 7 million figure in prospective, InsideEVs’ tally for plug-in vehicles on California roads today stands at ~357,432 through October
SCE President, Ron Nichols, concluded:
“SCE is dedicated to delivering a clean energy future for California. 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.”
For Southern California Edison’s Clean Power and Electrification Pathway white paper in full, click here.