York Electric is a proud partner with the other South Carolina electric cooperatives in the overall decline in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released to generate the electricity used to power 1.5 million members throughout the state. Between 2005 and 2020, South Carolina cooperatives’ CO2 emissions dropped by 41%, far surpassing the national 17% reduction target used by the United States. A new report from Central Electric Power Cooperative— the state’s wholesale power buyer for YEC and the other 19 independent, member-owned cooperatives—also projects that by 2027, emissions will fall by 47% from 2005 levels.
We are achieving this result by:
- Adopting new technologies that do not rely on burning fossil fuels to produce electricity.
- Urging their power suppliers to close older, coal-burning power plants.
- Making agreements with power suppliers whose generating portfolios have lower emissions.
Burning fossil fuels, such as coal, to make electricity releases CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Reducing these emissions plays a key role in protecting our environment.
At YEC, these new technologies are balanced with the priority to keep rates low for our 65,000 members. These investments are important to our future, but we strategically plan how and when to spend our members’ money.
We encourage our members to actively take part in the reduction of CO2 by participating in programs like Beat the Peak and YEC’s Community Solar Program. Being conscious of how and when you consume electricity helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released in the air, keep rates low at your cooperative and protect our environment.
For more information, please visit yorkelectric.net/energy-services.