Using Beneficial Electrification in Commercial Buildings

In an Energy Central article, Navigant Research discusses how switching from fossil fuels to clean electricity can help cities achieve carbon free goals

As more cities set carbon free and carbon neutral targets, leveraging commercial buildings for electrification – a full or partial switch from using fossil fuels to using clean electricity – is emerging as another strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In an Energy Central article, Navigant Research’s Sasha Wedekind, research analyst, explained how beneficial electrification in buildings can contribute to decarbonization efforts while avoiding negative consequences, such as increased costs and grid impacts.

“Increased renewable electricity production is…opening a pathway to reducing buildings’ GHG footprint through electrification,” Wedekind said. “Renewable electricity is becoming cheaper and more abundant around the world.”

As more cities consider building electrification, Wedekind highlighted three strategies that are important for successful implementation: 

  • Incentivizing developers and building owners to focus on energy efficiency
  • Pursuing community and district-based planning
  • Collaborating with utilities, grid operators, and technology vendors

“All stakeholders need to be involved in the modeling and planning that is required to assess different electrification scenarios and impact on utility grid management and grid infrastructure investments,” Wedekind said.

 
Read the Energy Central Article
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