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The electricity sector was the second largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, accounting for 25% of the national total. Emissions have decreased since 1990 due to a shift to lower- and non-emitting sources of electricity generation and an increase in end-use energy efficiency, however, significant opportunity still exists to reduce emissions across the utility sector. Many utilities in the U.S. have made voluntary corporate commitments to cut their carbon emissions, and technology advancements and changing customer preferences are further driving the utility industry’s transition to a carbon-free energy system.

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2023 Better Buildings Progress Report

To date, 900+ Better Buildings, Better Plants partners have saved more than 3.1 quadrillion Btu, saving more than $18.5 billion and 189 million metric tons of CO2.

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Dedicated to bringing you the latest actionable insights on today's energy efficiency landscape, the Better Buildings Webinar Series is a chance to explore the topics and trends that affect your organization with industry experts and your peers.

DOE's Better Climate Challenge

DOE is challenging organizations to set ambitious, portfolio-wide GHG emission reduction goals -- 50% within the next 10 years -- through the Better Climate Challenge. 

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Fact Sheet

CHP for Resiliency in Critical Infrastructure Fact Sheet

This fact sheet highlights the energy resilience and reliability benefits that CHP systems can offer to critical infrastructure facilities, provides information on current and potential CHP installations at critical facilities, and reviews details on the economic impacts of grid outages to industrial and commerical operations.


Working with Your Utility on Energy Efficiency Guidance

This resource highlights examples of utility services and incentives that Better Buildings partners have leveraged to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. Using this guide, organizations can work with their utility provider to better understand if these or other energy efficiency programs are available to them.


Staying Current with EV Charging and Fleet Electrification 2022 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation

Get plugged in on EV charging and fleet electrification with this diverse panel representing manufacturers, cities, and adopters who will shared insights from their experiences transitioning their fleets and how it aligns with carbon reduction goals.


Stump the Chumps: How to Optimize Critical Facilities Webinar

This 2020 Summit session enlisted some of the top experts in critical facilities like data centers, laboratories, hospitals, wastewater treatment plants, and correctional facilities, who provided a high-level overview of their fields and answered attendee questions.

Innovative Strategies for Resilience at Critical Facilities Webinar

This 2021 Summit session featured innovations in energy planning for resilience at critical facilities, including wastewater treatment plants, correctional facilities, data centers, and labs.