Clean Energy

Fundamentals

We are striving to get as clean as we can, as fast as we can, without sacrificing safety, reliability, or affordability.

Fundamentals of Our
Clean-Energy Transition

Our first obligation is to keep the lights on and the gas flowing — safely, reliably and cost-effectively. This is a public-service responsibility and a moral duty. In most cases, it is also a statutory requirement. As events throughout the U.S. over the past several years have gravely demonstrated, the failure of an energy system can have fatal consequences. Failure under less dire circumstances can still be disruptive and costly.

We include reliability and affordability in this report’s Clean Energy section for a reason. While it might be possible, in theory, to focus solely on reducing emissions without regard for those values, doing so in practice is neither ethical nor, in fact, possible. To make the energy transition sustainable over the long term, the energy industry must ensure that customers can count on receiving service when they want it and that they can afford to pay for such service. Compromising those requirements would undermine support for clean energy and put the transition to a net-zero future at risk.