Special Clean Power Council for Customers & Utilities (CPC)
A WRI-led, two-year collaboration comprised of leading U.S. electric utilities and major commercial customers – jointly committed to the rapid deployment of low-carbon energy supply through innovative and mutually beneficial utility sector solutions.
The electricity industry transformation is driven in large part by changing customer preferences – specifically, ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets – and the rising competition for their business. Thus, innovation between utilities and customers on integrated product design is essential.
Led by Letha Tawney, WRI’s Director of Utility Innovation, the Special Clean Power Council (CPC) is a two-year initiative comprised of leading U.S. electric utilities and an array of their major commercial and industrial customers—representing the technology, manufacturing, automotive, and retail sectors.
As of April 2018, CPC members include: Adobe, American Electric Power, American Honda Motor Co., Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Best Buy, Consumers Energy, General Motors, IBM, Levi Strauss & Co., Southern Company, Target, Walmart, and Xcel Energy.
Through the CPC’s four subject matter working groups, the members are driving innovation in the utility sector to achieve an efficient and economic transition to clean energy resources and working to enable technologies, that reduce GHG emissions – while growing businesses across America.
Mutually beneficial solutions – which combine the needs of utilities and customers, while serving the greater public interest – will be shared with regulators and policy makers across the United States.
The scale of the CPC membership, and potential impact, is illustrated in the CPC Utility Member Service Territories map above.
WRI also coordinates this work with complementary efforts underway within the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). Together the REBA network aims to enable companies to buy 60 gigawatts of renewable energy in the US by 2025.