Sunday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram column by EFH Sustainable Energy Advisory Board members Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund and Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Council highlights the 28 commitments the company has fulfilled to the state and its consumers and for the benefit of the environment despite financial headwinds. From the piece:
“We have seen EFH excel at balancing investments in energy infrastructure to meet this rapid growth profile without compromising environmental responsibility and sustainability. The company scrapped plans to add eight new coal-fired power plants and focused successfully on measures to reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions from its coal fleet by more than 20 percent from 2005 levels. This represents the largest voluntary program ever undertaken by a power company to reduce key emissions from its coal units. The company’s Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant has maintained top decile industry performance at a time when several major nuclear generation owners have stumbled painfully.
As it promised, EFH has also invested more than $400 million in energy efficiency, technology and conservation programs over the past five years, including $100 million from TXU Energy, to empower customers to better manage their energy use. Special attention went to programs targeting low-income customers, where EFH provided more than $150 million over the five years.
The company’s track record with respect to reclamation and land stewardship is no less impressive. Since EFH commenced mining activities more than 40 years ago, the company has reclaimed more than 75,000 acres and secured reclamation bond liability release on more than 36,000 acres through 2013. The company has also planted more than 34 million trees as part of our reclamation program, including 1.5 million in 2013.”
Read the full editorial.