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Title: An Electrified Future: Initial Scenarios and Future Research for U.S. Energy and Electricity Systems

Abstract

As an energy source, Electricity benefits from a number of desirable characteristics: it can be transported at nearly the speed of light with transmission infrastructure, it has zero enduse emissions, it is highly flexible and controllable, it is now storable at rapidly declining costs, and it can offer improved service quality relative to conventional fuels. As such, electrification-the conversion of previously fossil-fueled end-use processes to electricity-has been identified as a key pathway to a clean, reliable, and secure energy future. Electric vehicles are the most widely cited application of electrification, but technology improvements in electrically driven devices for buildings and industrial end uses, including heat pumps for space and water heating needs, induction stoves for cooking, infrared or ultraviolet curing processes, and electric arc furnaces for process heating, could lead to more widespread electrification across these sectors.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Strategic Programs (EE-SP)
OSTI Identifier:
1460766
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-70451
Journal ID: ISSN 1540-7977
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
IEEE Power & Energy Magazine
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 16; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1540-7977
Publisher:
IEEE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; electrification; decarbonization; energy modeling

Citation Formats

Mai, Trieu, Steinberg, Daniel, Logan, Jeffrey, Bielen, David, Eurek, Kelly, and McMillan, Colin. An Electrified Future: Initial Scenarios and Future Research for U.S. Energy and Electricity Systems. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1109/MPE.2018.2820445.
Mai, Trieu, Steinberg, Daniel, Logan, Jeffrey, Bielen, David, Eurek, Kelly, & McMillan, Colin. An Electrified Future: Initial Scenarios and Future Research for U.S. Energy and Electricity Systems. United States. doi:10.1109/MPE.2018.2820445.
Mai, Trieu, Steinberg, Daniel, Logan, Jeffrey, Bielen, David, Eurek, Kelly, and McMillan, Colin. Sun . "An Electrified Future: Initial Scenarios and Future Research for U.S. Energy and Electricity Systems". United States. doi:10.1109/MPE.2018.2820445.
@article{osti_1460766,
title = {An Electrified Future: Initial Scenarios and Future Research for U.S. Energy and Electricity Systems},
author = {Mai, Trieu and Steinberg, Daniel and Logan, Jeffrey and Bielen, David and Eurek, Kelly and McMillan, Colin},
abstractNote = {As an energy source, Electricity benefits from a number of desirable characteristics: it can be transported at nearly the speed of light with transmission infrastructure, it has zero enduse emissions, it is highly flexible and controllable, it is now storable at rapidly declining costs, and it can offer improved service quality relative to conventional fuels. As such, electrification-the conversion of previously fossil-fueled end-use processes to electricity-has been identified as a key pathway to a clean, reliable, and secure energy future. Electric vehicles are the most widely cited application of electrification, but technology improvements in electrically driven devices for buildings and industrial end uses, including heat pumps for space and water heating needs, induction stoves for cooking, infrared or ultraviolet curing processes, and electric arc furnaces for process heating, could lead to more widespread electrification across these sectors.},
doi = {10.1109/MPE.2018.2820445},
journal = {IEEE Power & Energy Magazine},
issn = {1540-7977},
number = 4,
volume = 16,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}