Beneficial Electrification: How to Make It Work

By [email protected] Attendees at the Electric Power Research Institute’s Electrification 2018 conference spoke often about the concept of “beneficial electrification.” This captures the idea that switching from fossil energy to electricity in transportation and buildings holds tremendous potential to dramatically increase grid flexibility, reduce total household and business energy costs, and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

In this positive vision, the future is all-electric.

However, even though electrifying some buildings and many vehicle types is already cost-effective, electricity policy veterans know that change rarely sweeps unchallenged through these highly regulated sectors. Widespread beneficial electrification requires anticipating and removing technical and

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