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Electric Company Investments for 21st Century Electrification

  • Daniel NollEmail author
  • Jessica McDonald
Electrification (J Logan, Section Editor)
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Abstract

Purpose of Review

This review highlights electric company strategies and practices that support end-use electrification amidst a global transformation of electric power systems, emphasizing near-term opportunities related to transportation and rural energy access, as well as enabling conditions for electrification pathways.

Recent Findings

Electrification is an integral part of twenty-first-century energy system transformation. Accelerated deployment of electric technologies can result in multiple potential benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improved air quality, lower costs, and better performance within specific energy end uses and the overall electricity system. Electric companies are actively supporting electrification with investments that further integrate the electric power system with transportation, buildings, agriculture, and other end-use sectors. Related investments in clean energy and smart infrastructure can ensure that electrification measures maximize their potential value to consumers, businesses, and society.

Summary

With detailed knowledge of existing infrastructure, operational requirements, and end-user behavior and preferences, electric companies are uniquely positioned to inform electrification choices and ensure that infrastructure investments are made at the lowest cost to consumers.

Keywords

Electrification Electric vehicles Clean energy Smart grids Smart energy infrastructure 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Edison Electric InstituteWashingtonUSA

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