4.2) By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
PPL Corporation places an emphasis on pre-school education, particularly in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and low-income student programs. Working closely with one Pennsylvania community partner – Community Services for Children (CSC) – PPL has provided significant funding to provide subsidies and scholarships to low-income students in distressed neighborhoods for high-quality pre-K education programs. Annually, 30 children from low-income households are able to attend Head Start or high-quality pre-k programs.
In addition, PPL worked with CSC to found the Newton School program, which provides high-quality, STEM focused pre-kindergarten education to 20 children annually. Through funding provided by PPL, the program also provides training for early childhood educators to help expand the curriculum beyond the neighborhoods currently served by the CSC schools.
7.2) By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
PPL Corporation has made substantial investments in smart grid technology with a focus on improving the reliability of the electric delivery systems for its utility customers in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and the United Kingdom. PPL’s utilities in the United Kingdom, Western Power Distribution, have a number of innovative projects underway to change the way electricity is generated and used to support the U.K.’s bold target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. In Pennsylvania, PPL Electric Utilities has committed $100 million for smart grid deployment. All of the company’s customers will be served by automated circuits by the end of 2018. In addition to improving reliability for customers, smart grid advancement also facilitates implementation of renewable energy and distributed generation resources.
7.3) By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
PPL Corporation, through its subsidiaries, has a number of energy efficiency and conservation programs in place to help our customers learn about and save energy. They can also save money through rebates and discounts for making wise investments in energy efficiency. In the first phase of PPL Electric Utilities’ E-power® programs, developed as part of Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency and conservation laws customers, including households, non-profits and educational institutions, collectively saved more than 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours per year of electricity between 2009 and 2013. For context, one megawatt supplies enough energy to power about 720 typical homes. The energy savings help offset customers’ annual energy growth and manage peak periods when customers’ energy usage is at its highest.
8.3) Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial resources
PPL Corporation has worked with our network of partners since the 1920s to locate hundreds of companies and thousands of jobs with attention to meeting local economic development needs. Most recently, PPL Corporation has played an integral role in the urban revitalization of Downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, working alongside a coalition of business, community and government partners to enable more than $1 billion in commercial development and the creation of 3,000 jobs. PPL Companies LG&E and KU’s Economic Development team were honored for helping Kentucky create more than 80 percent of the 12,500 new jobs created in the state in 2013. Since 2000, LG&E and KU have helped create nearly 110,000 new jobs in Kentucky. In addition, LG&E and KU have created approximately 3,200 construction jobs as part of its ongoing $6 billion investment environmental upgrade projects.
9.1) Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
PPL Corporation is rebuilding and modernizing our electricity distribution and transmission systems to make them even more reliable and efficient with nearly $18 billion in infrastructure investment planned over the next five years. In May 2015, PPL Electric Utilities energized the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line in Pennsylvania, completing a major upgrade to the nation’s electric grid. The new 500-kilovolt power line will make electric service more reliable for millions of people in the Northeast. The three-year construction project created significant economic benefits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including 2,000 construction jobs. It also enables savings for electric customers by reducing transmission congestion charges. The project also led to significant public benefits in the form of expanded national park lands, wetland improvements and cultural and historic preservation activities.
9.4) By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
PPL is upgrading environmental controls at its power plants, completing Kentucky’s first combined-cycle, natural-gas- fired generation unit and breaking ground on its first large-scale utility solar project. The transition from coal to natural gas will bring an end to coal-fired generation at Cane Run that spanned more than six decades and pioneered award-winning, environmental technology for the utility industry. The natural gas combined-cycle unit also will mean greater efficiency in power production and further reduction of emissions.
In addition, the company is participating in Kentucky’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot and exploring opportunities to enable widespread adoption of low-carbon technologies by customers in the United Kingdom. With these environmental efforts, the company continues to produce energy cleaner than ever before — at Cane Run alone, particulate emissions will be reduced by more than half; sulfur dioxide emissions by 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 82 percent.