Even though we can’t touch electricity, it touches all of us, every day—powering our homes, our businesses and industries, and our economy.
Keeping electricity reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean is critical to securing a bright future for each of us and our nation as a whole. Many issues shape our energy future.
The importance of increasing access to broadband and making it universally available can be compared to the electrification of the United States, and policymakers are looking to electric companies to help bridge the gap. In order to provide multiple benefits to customers, electric companies are working with the communities they serve and with broadband providers to forge ahead with creative new partnerships designed to benefit everyone.
Electricity is a domestically produced transportation fuel that will transform our nation’s transportation sector. Today, the technology and infrastructure exist to promote transportation applications that move both people and goods using electricity as a fuel. This new generation of electric transportation will help the nation enter an era of clean transportation and reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Diversifying the transportation sector’s fuel mix also will enhance U.S. energy and economic security.
Since 1981, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their energy bills. Today, LIHEAP is a widely supported, essential program that delivers critical short-term aid to our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, including seniors on fixed incomes and the desperately poor.
The United States investor owned electric companies are committed to getting the energy they provide as clean as they can as fast as they can, while keeping customer reliability and affordability front and center as always. Overall, carbon emissions from the electric power sector are at their lowest level since 1978—and continue to fall.
Having a reliable supply of electricity is more than just a convenience. It's a necessity. Our economy—and our way of life—depend on it. For electric companies, maintaining a high level of reliability requires constant commitment. The North American electric system is comprised of a complex interconnected network of generation, transmission, and distribution systems. The structure of the grid helps to make reliability possible, but what makes it a reality is the coordination in operations of the electric companies that make up this network.
Protecting the nation’s energy grid and ensuring a reliable supply of energy are top priorities for America's electric companies. The electric power industry is forging ahead with a series of initiatives to safeguard the energy grid from threats and is partnering with federal agencies to improve sector-wide resilience to cyber and physical threats.
The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) is a Carter-era rule that was enacted to promote increased energy conservation, efficiency, and the growth of renewable energy. But that was over 40 years ago, and a lot has changed.
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