The electric power industry has partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) to create Power Partners℠ — a joint government-industry initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through Power Partners℠, the power sector and DOE are working together to develop and implement climate actions to sustain economic growth.
The electric power sector participates in the Climate VISION program through the Electric Power Industry Climate Initiative (EPICI), an umbrella group of power sector organizations. The memberships of the seven organizations that comprise EPICI represent 100% of the power generators in the United States:
Power Partners℠ climate actions are guided by the principles of improved energy efficiency, increased investments in research and development, technological innovation, market-based initiatives, and cost-effective carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions. In addition to individual company actions, which are the cornerstone of Power Partners℠ programs, member companies throughout the electric power industry are participating in several, industry-wide initiatives to reduce, avoid, and sequester greenhouse gas emissions.
The reporting plan for Power Partners℠ is described in the December 13, 2004 Climate VISION Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. electric power sector and the U.S. Department of Energy:
The first Power Partners℠ Annual Report was published in January 2007. The full report (PDF, 3.6MB) can be downloadable from this website using this link:Reports&pubs\PowerPartners(sm)-AnnualReport-Jan2007.pdf. Progress will also be reported on DOE's Climate Vision website.
Power Partners℠Results for 2002-2005:
From the Executive Summary of the January 2007 Power Partners℠ Annual Report, The Power Partners℠ presented their estimate of progress made over the 2002 to 2005 period. In 2005, only three years into the program, the GHG emissions intensity was already 2.54 percent lower than the base year average:
Power Partners℠ Results for 2006 (CO2 only):
In December 2008, the Energy Information Administration published its report Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2007 (Report # DOE/EIA-0573(2007), December 2008). EIA's full report is available from EIA's website at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/ggrpt/pdf/0573(2007).pdf. The report presents revised data for years up through 2006. Preliminary data are also shown for 2007, although this is typically revised in subsequent years.
EIA's revised data for 2006 show that it was a year of enormous progress in the electric power sector's efforts to reduce GHG intensity. EIA reported that from 2005 to 2006, electricity generation from electric utilities and independent power producers was essentially flat, increasing just 0.15 percent over 2005 levels. At the same time, electric power sector CO2 emissions in 2006 fell by over 33 million tons from 2005 levels, a 1.4 percent decline. Together, the revised data for 2006 show an improvement in the CO2 intensity of about 1.5 percent from 2005 levels.
Relative to the year 2000, electric power sector CO2 emissions in 2006 represent an increase of 2.75 percent over the six-year period. In contrast, net generation over the same 2000-2006 period rose by over 7.4 percent.
EIA's estimates above cover only
CO2 emissions, and as such do not capture the impact of several categories of
actions that are measured by Power Partners℠,
such as improving end-use energy efficiency and reducing electricity demand,
improving transmission and distribution efficiency, and “off-system” actions
such as tree-planting programs. These additional factors are measured and
incorporated into the Power Partners℠
On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy released the Climate VISION Progress Report 2007, which reports on the actions taken by energy-intensive industries to improve greenhouse gas emissions intensity of their operations from 2002 to 2006. The report indicates that the power and energy-intensive industrial sectors improved their combined emissions intensity by 9.4 percent over this four year period, and in 2006, actual greenhouse gas emissions for these sectors fell a combined 1.4 percent.
The report includes reports for each of the Climate VISION partners' activities and progress. Since the program launch in 2003, the Climate VISION partners report that they are making progress, and many are ahead of schedule. Collectively, the success reported by the individual sectors is also evident in GHG intensity data for the U.S. economy and the overall industrial and power sectors (the “Industry & Power Group”). For the Industry & Power Group, GHG intensity improved 9.4 percent from 2002 to 2006, substantially better than the 5.4 percent improvement in the Group’s baseline forecast. A substantial intensity improvement of about 2.8 percent in 2005 followed by another 5.2 percent in 2006 more than made up for weaker-than-forecasted improvements in 2003 and 2004. This performance relative to the baseline forecast is graphed below:
ClimateVISION.gov, "Climate VISION: Electric Power Sector". http://www.climatevision.gov/sectors/electricpower/index.html
Edison Electric Institute,
Annual Report, published January 2007.
Edison Electric Institute, "Power Partners℠ : EEI Industry Initiatives". http://www.ji.org/climate_05.pdf
Edison Electric Institute, "Power Partners℠ : Voluntary Climate Actions to Sustain Economic Growth". http://climatevision.gov/sectors/electricpower/pdfs/power_partners.pdf.
U.S. Department of Energy, Climate VISION Progress Report 2007,
published Feb. 1, 2008,
U.S. Department of Energy, Press Release,
"DOE Releases Climate VISION Progress Report 2007, Outlines Industry
Progress in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity through Climate VISION
Partnership," February 8, 2008,