Balancing Loads with Increased Electrification of the Grid
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- Jun 10, 2021 8:31 pm GMTJun 10, 2021 4:01 pm GMT
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America needs to replace four household appliances rapidly to facilitate electrification
In order to reduce fossil fuel consumption by the mid-century at the latest, the USA faces a difficult, though not impossible, task. Even if there is significant electrification, for example use of EVs instead of gasoline-powered vehicles, there might be greater electricity production needed, while also not reducing GHG emissions sufficiently. President Biden’s infrastructure plan, sometimes called the American Jobs Plan, envisages entirely powering the electricity grid using zero-carbon sources by 2035.
An overlooked path to progress, which would ensure emissions reduction, while also helping manage loads on the grid, is replacing four critical household appliances for cooking and heating with more advanced technologies: heat pump space heaters, heat pump water heaters, induction cooktops/ranges, and upgraded breaker boxes. These items have a lifespan of up to 20 years, so action is needed very soon so that the full benefits will be acquired by mid-century.