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FERC to hold conference on electrification in late April

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 29 will convene a Commissioner-led technical conference to discuss electrification, the Commission said in a March 2 notice.

Electrification refers to 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), FERC noted (Docket No. Docket No. AD21-12-000).

“The purpose of this technical conference is to initiate a dialog between Commissioners and stakeholders on how to prepare for an increasingly electrified future,” FERC said in the notice.

Specifically, the conference will address:

  • Projections, drivers, and risks of electrification in the U.S.;
  • 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

A supplemental notice will be issued prior to the conference with further details regarding the agenda and organization, and any changes to the date and/or time.