Eversource Makes Pledge to be Carbon-Neutral by 2030
Council member Eversource has pledged to become carbon-neutral within the next ten years. Eversource, headquartered in Hartford, CT and Boston, MA, offers retail electricity, natural gas, and water to approximately four million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The company’s promise comes as a response to growing climate threats, such as heat waves and intensifying storms. Eversource has promised to take targeted steps across all departments and operations to reduce its overall corporate emissions. The plans include cutting energy use by improving the efficiency of its 69 facilities, reducing fleet emissions of its over 5,000 vehicles, lowering the greenhouse gas used in gas-insulated electric switch gear, and replacing bare steel and cast iron natural gas distribution lines to improve safety and eliminate methane leaks. If accomplished, the company would become the first investor-owned utility company to be carbon neutral. In 2018, Eversource took its first steps to reduce its carbon emissions by divesting its remaining fossil generation facilities, partnering with, fellow NEC member, Orsted to build wind turbines off the coast of Massachusetts, and developing renewal energy stations and sources.
“As New England’s largest utility, we are proud to partner with our states and communities to achieve regional clean energy and carbon reduction goals,” said Eversource Chairman, President and CEO Jim Judge. “Today, we are going one step further by setting a goal for our own operations to help demonstrate that carbon neutrality is achievable.”
The Council commends Eversource on this ambitious and important goal to reduce their carbon emissions.