Electrification has become popular term within the renewable energy industry. This is due in part to its significant and powerful capabilities. With the right resources, electrification has the potential to alleviate the impacts of climate change. As electrification becomes more prevalent, it is important to understand what it means and why it matters.
What is electrification?
Electrification is the process of replacing technologies that use fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas with technologies that use electricity generated from renewable sources to produce clean energy. Clean energy used in this process can come from renewable sources like wind or solar power.
Why is electrification important?
Electrification is important because of its potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thereby decarbonize the economy and mitigate climate change. Transportation, building and industrial (such as steel mills) sectors account for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions the U.S. Implementing electrification has the power to reduce emissions in each of these sectors. Electrifying vehicles, building heating and cooling systems and industrial processes are small steps that can be taken towards decarbonizing the planet.
Decarbonizing key economic drivers and therefore the economy describes the phasing out of the use of fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide emissions in major industries. This is an important step towards a net-zero economy which is a current goal the U.S. is striving towards. Decarbonizing does not mean zero carbon emissions, but that whatever carbon is emitted is offset or taken back out of the atmosphere with environmental efforts.
Benefits of electrification
This process provides many benefits for the environment, country and the people implementing it. As for the environment, reducing carbon emissions from transportation, building, industrial and other sectors where fossil fuels are used today will help to combat climate change and work towards net zero carbon emissions.
For the good of the country and community, the electrifying process will also create more jobs, especially in the transportation and building sectors. For example, a transition to all-electric buildings in California is predicted to create over 100,000 full-time equivalent jobs in various economic sectors.
People, organizations and businesses stand to benefit from cost savings due to reduced energy use by electrified technologies. Some examples of efforts include electrifying vehicle fleets such as school buses and replacing gas water heaters with electric water heaters.
Interested in electrifying your facility?
If you are interested in electrifying your facility, consider partnering with EnergyLink. Our team are experts in design, build and funding stages and will be an asset to you in your next renewable energy endeavor. To get started on an electrifying renewable energy project click the button below and see if you qualify for a free energy audit. Once the energy audit is complete a full building analysis will be conducted to explain areas of weakness in your facility’s energy use and ways to improve. If you’d rather speak to a team member, dial (866) 218-0380.