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SALISBURY, MD. (Oct. 14, 2021) – Delmarva Power today announced a major climate change commitment, launching a multi-faceted, action-oriented effort to help the state of Maryland achieve its clean energy and climate goals. Together with similar commitments made today by Exelon sister companies BGE and Pepco, Delmarva Power is taking significant steps to advance initiatives that will help make our communities cleaner and safer for generations to come and support Exelon's broader "Path to Clean," which will cut emissions from operations by at least half by 2030 and achieve net zero operational emission by 2050.
As part of the commitment, Delmarva Power will focus on actionable measures to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by at least 50 percent by 2030, deliver innovative solutions that will empower customers to meet their climate change objectives, and drive collaborative efforts with stakeholder and community partners to achieve greater greenhouse gas reduction across Maryland.
"From rising temperatures and more extreme weather to respiratory and other health-related impacts, climate change is real and is having an impact on Maryland and its residents today," said Doug Mokoid, Delmarva Power region president. "We need to take action now to help reinforce the local energy grid through smarter, stronger and cleaner technologies, and implement other innovative solutions that will help ensure a clean and healthy environment for the future. We recognize the positive impact we can have in being a part of the change."
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland legislature have taken major steps to advance the state's clean energy and climate goals. The state's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act calls for a reduction of emissions of 40 percent by 2030 (from 2006 levels), and the renewable portfolio standard goal of 50 percent by 2030 is among the most aggressive in the country. Delmarva Power's efforts directly support these goals.
"We commend Governor Hogan, the Maryland state legislature, and the Maryland Public Service Commission for their bold actions to create a clean and sustainable future, said Mokoid. "We strongly support these efforts with our own initiatives that we will implement in an equitable and affordable way."
Delmarva Power has established a series of initiatives to reduce its own carbon footprint as quickly and efficiently as possible, while ensuring the readiness and resilience of the local energy grid to foster a cleaner and more efficient energy economy. In August, Delmarva Power joined its sister Exelon utilities in committing to reducing operations-related emissions by at least 50 percent, as compared to a 2015 baseline, by 2030, and to ultimately achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 as part of the Exelon Utilities-wide "Path to Clean" commitment. These commitments include:
While Delmarva Power is taking steps to enhance its own operations, the company has committed to helping customers achieve their climate change goals as well, by empowering them to manage their energy use, take advantage of clean and renewable technologies and reduce emissions through a number of innovative products and programs including:
Delmarva Power will continue to collaborate with government, community, civic, and non-profit partners across Maryland on innovative actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and energy, and build resilience. These initiatives include:
Customers, community partners and local stakeholders interested in learning more about Delmarva Power's Climate Commitment can visit delmarva.com/MDClimate.
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