Decarbonization is too complex to tackle without a practical approach

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Utilities face an immense challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while successfully balancing economics, reliability, customer affordability, and competing priorities.

Knowing how to navigate the process is difficult and each utility’s operating reality and imperatives driving action are unique. However, any effective decarbonization process requires rigorous analysis, planning, implementation, tracking, and reporting. Starting on the wrong foot or failing to integrate decarbonization with other planning endeavors can hamper decarbonization efforts for years if not decades.

Read this paper to learn:

  • Guiding principles that set guardrails for utility decarbonization.
  • Common themes shared among effective approaches to decarbonization strategy.
  • Five practical steps to advance a utility in its decarbonization journey.
  • Actions real utilities have taken to advance supply-side and demand-side decarbonization efforts.
Meet the authors
  1. Deb Harris, Senior Director, Climate Planning + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow

    Deb is an expert in climate action, decarbonization planning, and stakeholder engagement for states, cities, counties, and utilities. View bio

  2. Justin Mackovyak, Vice President, Utility Program Implementation

    Justin leads program implementation and strategy for clients in the Mid-Atlantic region with more than 15 years’ experience. View bio