SCE Says Nearly 50% of Electricity Delivered to Customers is Carbon Neutral

by | Jun 17, 2020

Announcing the release of its 2019 Sustainability Report on June 8, Edison International stated that 48% of the electricity delivered to 15 million customers last year by Southern California Edison (SCE), its largest subsidiary, came from carbon-free sources.

With the announcement, SCE, which is also California‚Äôs second-largest utility, is effectively signaling their aggressive effort to comply with the State’s climate goals.

Currently, California law directs utilities to secure 60% of their electricity from the Renewables Portfolios Standard (RPS) loading order-eligible resources by 2030, followed by a 2045 requirement for 100% of electricity to come from zero-carbon sources. The State is weighing whether RPS-ineligible sources, including nuclear power and large hydroelectric power, should qualify for the 40% gap between the two milestones.

The 2019 Sustainability Report states that, of the 48% of the utility’s carbon-free, delivered power:

  • 34% derived from the RPS-eligible sources of solar, geothermal, small hydro (less than 30 megawatts), biomass and biowaste; and,
  • 14% derived from the RPS-ineligible sources of nuclear and large hydro (30-plus MW).

The remaining 52% of delivered power last year was reported to still be coming from natural gas and other sources (assume fossil).

Two years ago, SCE’s power mix was at 36% renewables, while that of PG&E was at 39% and SDG&E was at 44%. All three investor-owned utilities are years ahead of the RPS schedule, with the California Public Utilities Commission scheduled to publish the official 2019 figures this fall.

Jesus Arredondo

Jesus Arredondo

Jesus Arredondo is an Energy Industry Analyst and former State of California official.
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