Eversource commits to be carbon neutral by 2030

  • Eversource has announced its goal to be carbon neutral by 2030. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/12/2019 8:42:04 PM
Modified: 12/12/2019 8:41:53 PM

Eversource Energy has announced its goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Being carbon neutral means making no net release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, especially by offsetting emissions through measures like planting trees.

The company reports that it plans to achieve the “aggressive goal” through a series of targeted steps to reduce carbon emissions across its operations, while continuing to support economic growth and maintain reliable service for its four million customers. It will also work with ​state leaders to reduce emissions from energy supply for customers in accordance with state and regional regulatory requirements.

“As New England’s largest utility, we are proud to partner with our states and communities to achieve regional clean energy and carbon reduction goals,” Eversource Chair, President and CEO Jim Judge said. “Today, we are going one step further by setting a goal for our own operations to help demonstrate that carbon neutrality is achievable.”

With its goal set for 2030, Eversource would become the first investor-owned utility in the nation to be carbon neutral, according to company spokesperson Caroline Pretyman.

To achieve the goal, the company will take a series of targeted steps across corporate operations, gas distribution, and electric transmission and distribution, she said. Those steps include reducing energy use by improving the efficiency of its 69 facilities and reducing fleet emissions of its 5,200 vehicles; continuing to enhance the electric transmission and distribution system to reduce line losses; reducing sulfur hexafluoride, a potent greenhouse gas; and replacing remaining bare steel and cast-iron natural gas distribution main lines to improve safety and help prevent methane leaks.

“The business community has an important role to play as we pursue clean energy and carbon reduction goals, as environmental sustainability and economic development go hand-in-hand,” Environmental Business Council of New England President and Executive Director Dan Moon said. “As one of the nation’s leading energy companies, it’s encouraging that Eversource is proactively setting its own goals and demonstrating its commitment to a cleaner energy future.”

Pretyman said Eversource has already reduced its own carbon emissions through a series of steps, including the divestiture of all its remaining fossil generation facilities in 2018. The company is also helping the region in achieving carbon-reduction targets that have been set by state and regional requirements with its clean energy initiatives, such as the offshore wind partnership with Ørsted, award-winning energy efficiency programs, solar development, innovative battery storage projects and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“We are excited to set an ambitious goal with our own corporate operations to lead by example,” Judge said.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.




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