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Paint the picture for your city’s low carbon future.
The art of electrification
Electricity is at the heart of urban energy systems. The ability to tap into cleaner, innovative solutions that can help decarbonize grids remains critical. However, overloaded grid capacity and the rapid evolution in electrification pose challenges around cost, pace of adoption and complexity in doing so.
While legislation like the European Union’s “Fit for 55” program aiming to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, and the Biden Administration's recent funding of the 50 percent Electric Vehicle (EV) target for 2030, help influence movement to accelerate electrification, there are still practical obstacles.
The infrastructure challenge: EVs are projected to dominate our roads within the next few decades, however, charging infrastructure needs to match demand. Rapid evolution in EV technology, limited curb side space and longer lead times for roll-out pose challenges to the business case. Pilot programs and public-private partnerships can be key in staying at pace with new technology.
The supply challenge: Energy supply for charging infrastructure also needs to diversify to be more sustainable. Even countries with high renewable energy generation capacity will need to account for grid congestion during peak charging periods during the day. A combination of citizen participation, innovative data insight tools like ‘Charging Demand Per Corridor’ for better predictability and decentralized but connected energy networks will be the key. Technology like Vehicle-to-Grid can be harnessed to solve grid congestion at peak demand times. EVs too can be used in smarter ways to contribute to energy storage in cities.