Mass electrification requires conservation
- Nov 12, 2021 11:39 pm GMT
The United States entering a period of mass electrification, but its grid isn’t ready. In theory, the future demand could be met with improved transmission, to move renewable energy to where its made to where it’s needed, and new nuclear power. However, it doesn’t seem like either of those things are going to happen at the necessary scale. This leaves us one choice: energy conservation.
The bulk of new electricity demand this decade will come from the transportation sector. Futurists have been predicting an electric vehicle revolution for as long as I’ve been alive, but it seems to finally have arrived. On the policy side of things, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on August 5th calling for 50% of annual new car sales to be zero emission vehicles by the end of this decade. The administration is backing up the talk with dollars, too. The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $30.7 billion in zero emissions vehicle funding, split between the cars themselves and infrastructure to support them. What’s more, the House’s Build Back Better plan includes provisions to continue the federal $7,500 tax credit for electric and hybrid purchases.
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