Innovative Thermal Strategies: Electrification's Best Friend

Steve Beyers, Koenraad Beckers, Jefferson Tester

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Because transportation and heat are the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the northern U.S., electrification of transport and heat are prominent elements of many decarbonization plans, such as that of New York State (NYS). A key challenge is then to decarbonize the electric supply and distribution system ("the grid") that supplies electricity, a process colloquially known as "greening the grid", so that the saved direct carbon emissions are not offset by additional indirect emissions from electrical generation on the grid. Applying this "simple" decarbonization plan to locations with high winter heating loads and modest renewable resources is challenging. Understanding the impact of thermal system design to grid demands in these locations and the related marginal power source for electrification options is critical to allocating proper resources to solve decarbonization challenges and quantifying the resultant carbon emissions impact.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages30
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 Geothermal Rising Conference: Using the Earth to Save the Earth (GRC 2022) - Reno, Nevada
Duration: 28 Aug 202231 Aug 2022


Conference2022 Geothermal Rising Conference: Using the Earth to Save the Earth (GRC 2022)
CityReno, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5700-86431


  • battery storage
  • district energy
  • electrification
  • heat pumps
  • renewable energy
  • thermal energy
  • thermal storage


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