Decarbonizing the boardroom? Aligning Electric Utility Executive Compensation with Climate Change Incentives

Joshua Pearce 32 PAGES (10324 WORDS) Article
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Despite the recent drastic reversal of decarbonization effort by the current Presidential administration, the majority of U.S. states continue policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing renewable energy technology (RET) deployment. Although electrical power utilities are required and/or encouraged to comply with these policies, their executives lack direct incentives to do so. In this study, a novel incentive mechanism is evaluated for specifically aligning electric utility executive compensation with RET declining costs, renewable portfolio standards adopted by the majority of U.S. states, and global environmental goals. First, an overview is provided on chief executive officer (CEO) pay and the GHG emissions. The relationship between GHG emissions, renewable energy diversification, and CEO pay is examined using the case study of three of the large electric utilities in Michigan. The results show that the regulated utility market is not consistently rewarding CEOs with higher compensation for decreasing GHG emissions and that both an approach incentivizing RETs adoption and an approach encouraging GHG emissions have deficiencies. A combined approach is then analyzed that results in a compensation equation allowing for utility executives to receive incentive pay for reducing overall emissions and increasing renewable generation. The results indicate that by careful calibration of the proposed incentive equations the harmful effects of emissions can be prevented through CEO incentive pay.
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APA

Joshua, P (2019). Decarbonizing the boardroom? Aligning Electric Utility Executive Compensation with Climate Change Incentives. Afribary.com: Retrieved June 27, 2019, from https://afribary.com/works/decarbonizing-the-boardroom-aligning-electric-utility-executive-compensation-with-climate-change-incentives

MLA 8th

Pearce, Joshua. "Decarbonizing the boardroom? Aligning Electric Utility Executive Compensation with Climate Change Incentives" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 15 Apr. 2019, https://afribary.com/works/decarbonizing-the-boardroom-aligning-electric-utility-executive-compensation-with-climate-change-incentives . Accessed 27 Jun. 2019.

MLA7

Pearce, Joshua. "Decarbonizing the boardroom? Aligning Electric Utility Executive Compensation with Climate Change Incentives". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 15 Apr. 2019. Web. 27 Jun. 2019. < https://afribary.com/works/decarbonizing-the-boardroom-aligning-electric-utility-executive-compensation-with-climate-change-incentives >.

Chicago

Pearce, Joshua. "Decarbonizing the boardroom? Aligning Electric Utility Executive Compensation with Climate Change Incentives" Afribary.com (2019). Accessed June 27, 2019. https://afribary.com/works/decarbonizing-the-boardroom-aligning-electric-utility-executive-compensation-with-climate-change-incentives