The Nationwide Shift to Clean Energy

Protecting the environment is a priority for most Americans. There is a debate among lawmakers and the public over how to best protect our natural resources, but most Americans agree that action is necessary.

A Pew Research Center survey in January 2019 found that the majority of U.S. adults (56%) believe that protecting the environment should be a top priority for the President and Congress. Many lawmakers have committed to this priority. Members from across the aisle are working to develop a federal approach and advance legislation that protects the environment. Beyond the halls of Congress, industries are also modernizing and prioritizing sustainable business practices.

The public power industry is a great example of an industry proactively transitioning to a cleaner future. With new technological innovations and conservation initiatives, companies within the utilities industry have expanded and improved energy efficiency, ensuring cost-effective, reliable and sustainable service for their local communities.

Through a localized approach that provides flexibility, utility companies are able to prioritize the interests and needs of their respective communities, which differ across the country based on regional differences. The approach that the Sacramento Municipal Utility District takes in California is different than the approach the Grand River Dam Authority takes in Oklahoma and the New York Power Authority takes in New York. These local approaches help develop smart initiatives that best serve each utilities’ customers and communities.

The approach each utility company takes is different, but their goal is the same: to best serve their communities and be good stewards of the environment. By committing to more sustainable practices, companies are redefining the future of public power industry and leading the nationwide shift to a cleaner future.

-Gloria Story Dittus, Chairman, Story Partners