Exelon says it reduced or avoided more than 18 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, surpassing its goal of eliminating 17.5 million metric tons of GHG emissions per year by 2020.
The company achieved the goal established by its Exelon 2020 program seven years earlier than planned through an enterprise-wide approach that included reducing emissions in its operations, helping its customers reduce their emissions, and adding more clean energy on the grid. Examples of Exelon initiatives include:
- Retirement of fossil plants and company energy efficiency and process improvement efforts that resulted in a reduction of more than 9.8 million metric tons of GHG emissions;
- Addition of 316 MW of emission-free energy through upgrades across the nuclear fleet;
- Employee efforts, such as increased waste recycling and carbon sequestration projects, that resulted in 2013 reductions of nearly 80,000 metric tons;
- Customer energy efficiency programs at Exelon’s three utilities — BGE, ComEd and PECO — that saved a total of about 6.3 million MWh, equivalent to about 3.3 million metric tons of emissions in 2013;
- Retirement of more than 2.7 million MWh of renewable energy credits purchased by the utilities in 2013 that support renewable development and meet state renewable portfolio standard obligations; and
- Retirement of more than 44,000 Climate Reserve Tonnes to offset Exelon’s entire 2013 business travel carbon footprint.