Beneficial electrification is the practice of electrifying end-uses, replacing direct fossil fuels consumption with electricity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
When is electrification “beneficial”?
Electrifying end-uses is beneficial when the result supports at least one of the following goals (but preferably all three):
- Reduces environmental impacts,
- Fosters a robust grid by increasing grid stability and reliability, and
- Reduces energy costs over the long run for both consumers and utilities.
Powering end-uses with clean and renewable electricity significantly reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making it possible to achieve a greener economy.
"Beneficial Electrification programs are a valuable opportunity to engage both electric utilities and environmental groups in the effort to identify solutions that work well for the end-use consumer, local communities and the environment."— EESI