Earth Day Turns 50 Years Old

2020 marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day and the theme for this year is “Climate Action”. Earth Day has helped shine a spotlight on the importance of protecting our planet for current and future generations.

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2020 marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day and the theme for this year is “Climate Action”. Earth Day has helped shine a spotlight on the importance of protecting our planet for current and future generations. At Fortis, we recognize the need to take climate action and are focused on delivering cleaner energy to customers in a safe, reliable and affordable manner.   

Throughout our ten utilities across North America, our teams are focused on innovative ways to limit the impact on the environment. In Arizona, we are increasing renewable energy sources with the development of the 250-megawatt Oso Grande Wind Project and are collaborating with the local community and University of Arizona to develop a measurable, science-based target aimed at reducing carbon emissions. In British Columbia, our team has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with customers’ energy use by 30% by 2030 and are focused on energy efficiency projects, renewable gas supply and zero or lower-carbon transportation to achieve this goal.

Our largest utility, ITC, is a central player in the shift to renewables in the United States through its role of connecting wind and solar to the transmission grid. In the Caribbean, we are installing a 20-megawatt battery in Grand Cayman to provide back-up power for a generation plant which will in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reduced fuel consumption and will support the connection of more renewable energy to the Island’s power system. These are just a few examples of the initiatives at Fortis to protect the planet that we call home. 

Across the globe, there remains much work to be done to combat climate change. We owe it to future generations to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to the effects of climate change. At Fortis, reducing our carbon footprint is important to us. We are focused on the move to cleaner energy and encourage all organizations to find ways to be a model of environmental success. 

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