Electricity is the connective tissue of the information age, powering everything from smartphones to giant data centers. Electricity driven by the speed of IT is needed. And, with 70% of the nation’s electricity generated today by burning fossil fuels—primarily coal—freeing America from its dependence on vast amounts of fossil fuels is impossible without transforming the electricity sector.
But strong forces are aligning to drive transformative change, creating a perfect storm of opportunity to reinvent the electricity system. The system is aging, technological advances and innovative IT have opened up new choices, and global growth in renewables is driving cost reductions.
Your support will help fund our new Electricity Innovation Lab, an initiative to engage and work with a wide variety of electricity system stakeholders to accelerate the transformation to a clean, affordable and reliable electricity system.
Reinventing Fire identifies six key solutions to transform our electricity system:
A smart, secure and resilient grid
Fair competition between demand- and supply-side options
Superefficient end-use plus distributed and renewable supply
Ever-cheaper renewables, innovation and customer-centricity
Bigger, smarter markets with price and information transparency
Aligned utility and customer incentives
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