Global Utilities Ask Governments for Policies to Support Low Carbon Energy

In the run-up to December’s climate change conference in Paris, CEOs and chairmen of 11 companies that generate one-third of the world’s electricity have signed a letter requesting “secure, stable, clear, consistent, and long-term policies” to support low-carbon energies. According to Reuters, the companies are asking for policies to be adopted that "incentivize investments, operations, and innovations.” The signers, members of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, noted that 40 percent of the electricity they generated was from fossil fuels, compared to 60 percent from sources such as hydro, nuclear, solar and wind power. The conventional wisdom of utilities as hostile or just indifferent to renewable energy sources may need a corrective adjustment.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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