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GEORGIA'S Energy Outlook

By Alan C. Shedd

Reasons to embrace beneficial
electrification
What is beneficial electrification?
It is the use of high-efficiency electric technologies to replace traditional fossil-fuel energy
sources-such as natural gas, propane, heating oil
and gasoline-in a way that reduces pollution, lowers energy costs and helps the electric grid operate
more efficiently. There are many examples and
opportunities, including high-efficiency heat pumps
and lighting, heat pump water heaters, electric lawn
equipment and electric vehicles.

(EMCs) brought electricity to rural Georgia, homes' electrical needs were
modest. EMCs worked with their members to demonstrate how electric appliances like stoves, washing machines, toasters, radios and electric motors
could save time and make life easier and safer.
Fast-forward a few decades and EMCs played an important role in
developing and supporting the deployment of electric heat pumps for space
heating and water heaters that provide convenience and improve comfort.

Shop efficiently

Today, electricity is a vital part of our lives. Computers, smartphones
and TVs occupy our waking hours. It seems that every year we add more
appliances-many of which are "smart," allowing us to interact with them
A brief history
remotely. While the electricity-consuming devices and appliances we use
America's electric cooperatives have a long hisin our homes represent the greatest increase in residential energy use, most
tory of helping members use electricity to improve
of these items are becoming more efficient. (Look for the ENERGY STAR
their lives. When electric membership cooperatives
label when shopping.)
LED (light-emitting diode) lightbulbs last 10 times
longer and use one-fifth as much electricity as old incandescent lamps. Today's refrigerators use half as much
A battery-powered leaf
blower is an alternative
electricity as one built in 2000. Electric heat pump water
to a gas-powered model.
heaters use half the energy of a conventional tank-type
It's convenient to use and
water heater.
reduces emissions.

Greater opportunities
There are many opportunities to save money and
energy and to protect the environment by replacing fossil-fuel-burning
equipment with electric models. A high-efficiency heat pump costs less to
operate than a propane furnace. An electric leaf blower is quieter and costs
less to operate than a gas-powered blower, and you don't have to breathe
the gas blower's exhaust fumes. An electric car can go twice as far on a dollar's worth of energy as a gas-powered car.
Because these electric devices are more efficient than their fuel-burning cousins, less fuel is consumed, resulting in fewer harmful emissions.
An electric vehicle charged by a coal-fired power plant pollutes less than a
gas-powered car.* As sources of electricity become greener, electric vehicles
will get even cleaner.
Beneficial electrification provides a unique opportunity for consumers
and utilities. Working together, we all benefit. The consumer saves energy
and money, and less energy results in less pollution.
Alan C. Shedd is the director of sustainability for Tucker-based
Oglethorpe Power Corp.

SCOTT VAN OSDOL

In the next article, we will take a more detailed look at electric vehicles.

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February 2020

*See the Forbes Media article that references 2019 study by Harvard University
scholar Ryan Cornell online at bit.ly/frbscrn and "Emissions from Hybrid and
Plug-In Electric Vehicles," U.S. Department of Energy, online at bit.ly/usdoe-ev.


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