Support emerging technologies to reduce carbon in existing infrastructure
Just as we’ve seen innovations and cost improvements in solar, wind, and battery technologies over the last 20 years, there are other emerging technologies that overcome inherent limitations of earlier approaches. Opportunities include improving safety and reliability, transforming impaired or potentially stranded assets into sustainable resources, and achieving decarbonization goals at lower cost or with more efficient land use.
Emerging technologies have the potential to cost-effectively reduce carbon while maintaining the social compact for universal service
Integrate green and renewable gases
Well-intentioned electrification programs seeking to retrofit millions of buildings to eliminate natural gas use within a decade will be extremely expensive and impractical on two levels. One, incremental overnight electricity will be coming from fossil fuel-based generation in most jurisdictions. Two, as will be discussed in the Community Resilience Pathway, the economic burden to operate and maintain legacy assets will fall disproportionately on low-income customers.