Voluntary Environmental Efforts
The U.S. electric industry is a world leader in implementing voluntary, flexible, and cost-effective initiatives to protect the environment. This is especially true regarding global climate change. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electric utilities account for almost three-fourths of all voluntary actions taken to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
The electric utility industry incorporates responsible land management practices into all of its programs, including tree planting, vegetation control, timber management, fisheries and wildlife protection, transmission and facility line siting, and recreational land preservation.
Many electric companies also develop programs to help customers reduce their environmental impact. Below are examples of electric companies―and their customers―taking voluntary actions to protect our environment.