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Customer-driven clean energy procurement, not regulation, is driving decarbonization

Kevin Hagen of UtilityDive writes on the private sector’s leadership in deploying renewable power.

The C3 Take
  • In 2022 corporate procurement agreements accounted for 70% of the carbon-free capacity that was added to grid, while regulatory compliance was responsible for 30% of added clean energy generation.
  • Meaningfully reducing emissions while keeping costs low will be accomplished by voluntary private sector compliance, not mandates and regulations.
  • Policymakers can lower barriers for the private sector by implementing pro-growth tax policies and streamlining regulations.

“While the academic debate continues, time is of the essence in decarbonizing the grid to avert the worst effects of climate change. Customer-driven clean energy procurement is driving and will continue to lead to progress, by creating demand for new renewable generation to be added to the grid.”

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