Electrification Futures Study: Scenarios of Electric Technology Adoption and Power Consumption for the United States

This report is one in a series of Electrification Futures Study (EFS) publications. The EFS is a multi-year research project to explore potential widespread electrification in the future energy system of the United States. Electrification is defined as the substitution of electricity for direct combustion of non-electricity-based fuels (e.g., gasoline and natural gas) used to…

Sacramento leads by example on cleaner energy with help from electrification

“Sacramento’s commitment to cut climate pollution from its energy system is certainly worth celebrating, and it’s also an opportunity to demonstrate how the transition toward electrification can help rethink energy use in other parts of the state and country as well. In recent years new technologies have entered the market that make it cheaper and…

What should we electrify next?

“Electrification — one of the most common answers to fighting the fossil fuel use that directly and indirectly contributes to climate change — won’t be easy. But with every challenge comes an opportunity. Sectors are electrifying at different rates, with transportation and infrastructure at the forefront, and aviation and shipping lagging behind. Energy experts sat…

Electrification 2018 – Aug 22-23

Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute and sponsored by more than 20 major utilities and organizations, this annual conference will bring together utility leaders, regulators, researchers, academia, vendors, economic development groups, and energy users from diverse manufacturing, transportation, industrial, and agriculture sectors around the globe. Click here to learn more.

The Cost of Residential Appliance Electrification – Phase 1 Report: Existing Single Family Homes

The analysis, conducted by Navigant Consulting found that in homes with natural gas appliances, swapping those appliances for all electric alternatives would cost the average household in Southern California more than $7,200 to upgrade wiring and electrical panels and purchase new appliances. This, along with higher electricity bills, could increase energy costs up to $877…

What does it take to electrify everything in your home?

“The Guay family sensibly started with a home energy audit to assess their home’s envelope and equipment and to identify available rebates. To their surprise, the $400 assessment didn’t uncover major problems. But then, another surprise: They learned that equipment that displaces natural gas with electricity, such as an air-source heat pump, is not eligible…

Why utilities and environmentalists can find common (green) ground

“More Americans have installed rooftop solar panels, which further reduces demand. Many in the power industry worry about the sustainability of their traditional business model. Environmentalists fear losing ground during an Administration that has repudiated the Paris climate accord and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Here’s the deal: the power industry commits to an even cleaner grid…

How much do residential consumers respond to the price of natural gas?

“Natural gas is popular because it burns more cleanly than coal in electricity generation and because it is mostly domestically produced—using traditional as well as recently invented frac(k)ing technologies. The frac(k)ing revolution has caused a massive drop in gas prices. This drop has led nerdy economists to ask pesky questions like: “How do consumers’ consumption…

Electrification Futures Study: End-Use Technology Cost and Performance Projections through 2050

“Electrification Futures Study: End-Use Electric Technology Cost and Performance Projections through 2050, is the first report in a series of publications in the Electrification Futures Study (EFS), a multi-year research project to explore widespread electrification in the future energy system of the United States. EFS is designed to examine electric technology advancement and adoption for…

BayREN Forum: Household Electrification as a Pathway to On-Site ZNE

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) hosted their first quarter regional forum on March 30th. The theme of the forum focused on household electrification to achieve zero net energy in buildings. The forum began with a presentation on ZNE goals for the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards from Chris Meyer of the California Energy Commission (CEC).…
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