Over the last ten years, greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation have significantly declined, a trend that will only continue as more wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable resources are scaled up. The addition of low-cost renewable resources makes wholesale energy markets more competitive— a benefit to consumers. As electricity becomes even cleaner and the economics improve, the widespread electrification of end-uses traditionally powered by fossil fuel combustion—space and water heating, agricultural equipment and certain industrial processes — will be key to meeting ambitious carbon reduction goals.
Partnering with the Beneficial Electrification League
- Amplify your voice by joining with diverse stakeholders to promote a balanced approach to electrification and shape the policy conversation
- Learn from other utility professionals deploying new technologies and programs
- Access current information on state and federal policy initiatives and opportunities
- Access current research on electrification
- Increase visibility of your utility’s innovation and programs
What is Beneficial Electrification?
Beneficial electrification includes the application of electricity to end-uses where doing so satisfies at least one of the following conditions, without adversely affecting the others:
- Saves consumers money over time
- Benefits the environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Improves product quality or consumer quality of life
- Fosters a more robust and resilient grid
In a report by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, researchers found several potential indirect benefits from electrifying end-uses: “ [...] electrification may foster economic development, boost balance of trade, improve air quality, reduce fuel price risks, reduce consumers’ costs in some applications, and improve product quality in some industrial processes and quality of some energy services in buildings.”
Beneficial Electrification League
MIT, Princeton University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others, have all included electrification as part of a cost-effective pathway to a low-carbon economy. But electrification cannot succeed without data, program models, tools and collaboration. Working with diverse stakeholders, the Beneficial Electrification League seeks to fill this gap.
The Beneficial Electrification League is a not-for-profit organization bringing together a diverse group of organizations that support universal acceptance for beneficial electrification as a necessary strategy to meet economic, consumer and environmental goals.
With the help of stakeholder sponsors, the Beneficial Electrification League supported the creation and dissemination of the “beneficial electrification” concept, now gaining wide currency among policymakers and regulators across the country.
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