Electric Utilities and the Electrical Grid are the Platform to Decarbonize the entire U.S. Economy
- Oct 29, 2020 1:49 am GMT
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Decarbonizing the US economy is no mean task: getting to net-zero carbon emissions will require large scale electrification and rapid and widespread deployment of clean energy resources and massive energy efficiency improvements across all energy-intensive sectors. The best platform for success in this critical endeavor is our nation’s existing electric grid, operated by electric utilities from coast to coast that range in size from behemoth to tiny. By taking the existing regulatory compact for utilities to deliver affordable and reliable electricity, and building it out to allow the grid to be used as the catalyst for decarbonizing the U.S. economy, the utility industry will be “unleashed” to help drive new technologies, products and software across not just the power sector, but also and critically, within the buildings and transportation sectors.
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