Plants, Poles and Plugs
Electric Companies Are Using Resources More Efficiently To Meet Growing Demand And To Protect The Environment.
The electric power industry works hard to meet two challenging goals: provide an increasing amount of electricity to consumers while also reducing the amount of emissions released into the environment. The electric industry is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to generate electricity—and to use it wisely—while also protecting the environment.
As a result, since 1980, air quality in the United States has improved dramatically, and emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) have fallen significantly—all during a time in which demand for electricity increased significantly. more
In addition to complying with hundreds of state and federal regulations to protect human health and the environment, shareholder-owned electric companies also have implemented their own programs to protect the environment and the communities in which they serve. For example, the electric power industry incorporates responsible land management practices into all of its programs, including tree planting, vegetation control, timber management, fisheries and wildlife protection, transmission and facility line siting, recreation, and education.