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The upsides of beneficial electrification keep adding up.

When we convert things that have historically relied on fossil fuels to electric power, carbon emissions decline. That’s because electricity generation increasingly relies on renewable sources like wind and solar. For example, electric vehicles typically produce lower carbon emissions than gas-powered vehicles – even when we factor in the impact of generating the electricity they use.

Just-released research finds that increasing the electrification of transportation, buildings and industry in Europe would dramatically reduce emissions and produce big dividends.

Forbes reports: “If these three sectors are electrified at the same time, they could slash their emissions by 60% between now and 2050, a new report suggests.”

The full report is available here.

Hydropower, the original renewable energy source that helped electrify the West, is still going strong. A new $20 million hydroelectric power plant at Colorado’s Pueblo Reservoir is proof positive.

Three giant turbines and two generators work in tandem to harness the power of the water that is constantly flowing from the north outlet of the Pueblo Dam into the Arkansas River. Water is recycled, not consumed.

Local leaders see the plant as both a new source of renewable power and an opportunity to generate local revenue and jobs. The system will create enough electricity to power about 2,500 homes.

Read more about the dedication of this clean power project from the Pueblo Chieftain.

 

Colorado Electric Co-ops Add New Solar and Wind Projects

Colorado Electric Co-ops add new solar and wind projects