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FERC Tech. Conf: Electrification & Future Grid
April 23, 2021
A Commissioner-led technical conference will be convened electronically to discuss electrification—the shift from non-electric to electric sources of energy at the point of final consumption (e.g., to fuel vehicles, heat and cool homes and businesses, and provide process heat at industrial facilities). The purpose is to “initiate a dialog between Commissioners and stakeholders on how to prepare for an increasingly electrified future.” Specifically, the conference will address: projections, drivers, and risks of electrification in the US; the extent to which electrification may influence or necessitate additional transmission and generation infrastructure; whether and how newly electrified sources of energy demand (e.g., electric vehicles, smart thermostats, etc.) could provide grid services and enhance reliability; and the role of state and federal coordination as electrification advances