What Exactly Is Home Electrification?
Moving toward electrification may make homes more environmentally friendly, provide cleaner air inside homes, make homes safer, and provide homeowners tools for managing utility bills. But many homeowners don't understand what electrification even means.
How Heat Pumps Work: One of Electrification's Biggest Mysteries
Central to many decarbonization plans in Europe and the United States is the displacement of fossil fuel space heating with electric heat pumps. So, what is a heat pump and how does it work?
Can Gas and Electric Utilities Cooperate to Reduce Carbon Emissions?
The push for electrification to foster decarbonization is threatening natural gas utility revenue streams. A recent development in Québec suggests there may be a way for natural gas and electric utilities to cooperate to benefit both industries and to reduce their customers’ cost of decarbonization.
Are Natural Gas Bans the Next Energy Trend?
In city council chambers across the country, the move toward municipal “reach codes” that call for new housing to be built without installing natural gas is gaining ground. The country’s largest natural gas distribution utility is fighting the movement city by city in Southern California and hopes to persuade council members that an all-out ban on natural gas is not the answer to climate change.
California Gives OK to Using Ratepayer Energy Efficiency Funds to Encourage Fuel Substitution
Many states are grappling with the question of whether it is acceptable to use ratepayer incentives to encourage customers to switch from one fuel to another. In general, the answer has been no, but a recent decision in California suggests that in certain situations the answer may be yes.
What is Electrification?
A possible counter to falling electric usage is electrification, which is the act of consumers adopting new electric end-use technologies. In a developed economy such as the U.S., this generally implies consumers replacing fossil fuel technologies with electric technologies.