You’ve probably heard the term “electrification”. But what does it really mean? Electrification is the process of using electricity to provide services that were previously met by other energy sources, such as fossil fuels. It’s also a way to decarbonize energy consumption in transportation, buildings and industry. Some common examples are electric vehicles and HVAC systems such as heat pumps.
What are the benefits?
Electrification can potentially reduce carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from the transportation, building, and industrial sectors, which account for 65 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions. It also increases energy efficiency, improved air quality and includes the potential for an array of new jobs in the renewable energy industry.
What are the hurdles?
Electrification, even with energy efficient consumption measures, will still increase demand on the electric grid. It would be very inefficient, from an emissions perspective, to fulfil the demand with electricity generated from burning fossil fuels. So, ramping up a surplus of available energy from reliable clean, renewable sources would be ideal.
Despite the challenges, AEP Energy remains committed to powering a cleaner and brighter future. You can learn more about our commitment to renewable energy here.
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