Category: Electrification of Vehicles and Buildings
Local governments and utilities across the country are pursuing a strategy of electrifying uses that were previously powered by fossil fuels. Electrification qualifies as beneficial if it meets one or more of the following conditions without adversely affecting the other two:
1. Saves consumers money over the long run;
2. Enables better grid management; and
3. Reduces negative environmental impacts.
Through beneficial electrification, uses such as transportation, space and water heating can all be powered by electricity, thereby increasing flexible load on the grid.
Beneficial electrification represents a win for utilities and their customers, solar advocates, and those concerned about the environment. First, utilities nationwide are facing challenges associated with flat or declining electricity use and an increased need for flexible resources. Therefore, an increase in flexible electricity load spreads fixed costs over a larger amount of energy sold and helps meet system needs. Furthermore, pilot projects around the country are demonstrating how smart charging and microgrid optimization with signals from local and on-site PV can reduce total operational costs for utility customers.
Second, utilities, local governments, and third-party providers can work together to expand clean solar resources to meet any increased electricity load. A number of new financial models for building new solar are possible.
Third, beneficial electrification can decrease greenhouse gas emissions significantly. Transportation represents the second largest share of energy in the United States and over 90% of transportation in the United States is powered by fossil fuels. By expanding the utilization of electric vehicles, the United States can cut greenhouse gas emissions dramatically.
The session will start with presentations from each of the panelists, which will be followed by a moderated panel discussion, and will conclude with questions from the audience. A full description of the presentation may be found below.
Carl Linvill– Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project