Electrification 101

What is Building Electrification

Building electrification refers to the transition from relying partially on gas combustion to using all electricity to power the appliances in your home. Getting rid of gas furnaces, water heaters, ranges, and other appliances and replacing them with electric alternatives makes buildings safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly, especially as more and more renewable power generation is added to the electrical grid.

Where does electricity come from

Lots of places! Electricity can be generated from solar panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, nuclear reactors, fossil fuels, and more. In recent years, utilities have brought in more and more large-scale solar and wind farms to reduce pollution and the climate impacts of generating electricity.

Not only does an electrified home rely on more renewable power, but it also is a valuable part of a growing distributed energy system. Distributed energy resources can include demand response programs which “generate” energy for the grid by having customers reduce their consumption at key times.

How do I know what exact energy sources are powering my home?

The sources of electricity that power your home (also known as your energy mix) can vary widely. While every state has different rules when it comes to who is allowed to generate and deliver power on the electric grid, California lets people buy power from whoever offers it in their service area. Most often, people buy their electricity from their utility company/agency or from their local Community Choice Aggregator (CCA).

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