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Utilities and Grids

Grid and Utility members are concerned about the provision of reliable and cost-effective power as the grid transitions to clean energy.

A growing number of jurisdictions committing to a coal phase out illustrate how climate urgency and the challenging economics of coal make a compelling case for an accelerated coal exit. This does, however, entail a transformation of the electricity sector – from one dominated by centralized fossil fuel generation to a flexible system with diverse generation sources.  It provides both challenges and opportunities for innovation. 

PPCA members strive to accelerate the transition by working together and learning from each other, as many share a historical reliance on coal and have gathered extensive expertise on how to shift financial flows and ensure a just transition or transform grids and utilities. 

Grid and Utility members are concerned about the provision of reliable and cost-effective power as the grid transitions, and for grid operators, regulators and utilities who are working on technical and regulatory solutions to address such concerns. They examine best practices across:  

  1. Infrastructure and generation asset investments 
  2. Clean energy technology integration 
  3. Grid operation 
  4. Regulatory and market design 

The Alliance has a growing number of grid and utility members, including: 

  • ACEN
  • Alterra Power Corp
  • Capital Power 
  • Drax 
  • DTEK 
  • EDP 
  • Electricité de France (EDF) 
  • Eneva 
  • Engie 
  • Iberdrola 
  • Indika Energy 
  • National Grid 
  • National Grid ESO 
  • Ontario Power Generation 
  • Ørsted 
  • Scottish Power 
  • SSE 
  • TransAlta 
  • ZE PAK 

“National Grid sits at the heart of the clean energy transition and we’re fully committed to playing our part in the decarbonisation of the economies in which we operate. A core part of that transition is the need for all power grids and governments to end the use of coal in the power sector. We all need to work together across multiple industries, governments, regulators and public bodies to achieve net zero, and we encourage others to join us in supporting the Powering Past Coal Alliance”. 

Duncan Burt, Director of COP26 and Responsible Business at National Grid

“Perhaps one of the greatest challenges ahead of us is how to balance the need to eliminate carbon emissions with socio-economic development. Our mission is to lead a just and inclusive energy transition that generates value for all stakeholders.” 

Pedro Zinner, Eneva’s CEO

“Urgent action is required in this decade to deliver net zero. At Iberdrola, we closed all our coal plants years ago while investing heavily in renewable energy, smart networks and energy storage. We are committed to continuing to accelerate decarbonisation to create value for the whole of society”. 

Ignacio S. Galán, Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola

PPCA Declaration

The PPCA Declaration was launched on 16 November 2017, at COP23 in Bonn. It sets out our collective commitment to accelerate the transition from coal to clean energy. We commit to achieve that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, including appropriate support for workers and communities. We will also encourage our peers to join us in the Powering Past Coal Alliance to build a better world for our kids and grandkids.

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