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Beneficial Electrification Resources

In the Spring of 2021, BEL funded five projects that focus on the beneficial electrification of agricultural operations and/or beneficial electrification benefiting low income or underserved communities. See our press release for more information on the BEL grant opportunity and see below for details and updates for each project.

Beneficial Electrification Projects: pump system conversion

Diesel Animal Waste Lagoon Pump System Conversion
North Carolina

White Rock Farms has partnered with Pee Dee Electric and North Carolina Electric Cooperatives to convert an animal waste lagoon pumping system from a diesel engine to a large single-phase electric motor—a more affordable electrification option than the typical three-phase power used to manage livestock wastes.

Read more about White Rock Farms and Maola Milk in Carolina Parent's article.

Beneficial Electrification Projects: Waste heat recovery

Waste Heat Recovery from Poultry Barns

Hoosier Energy plans to implement waste heat recovery technology in poultry barns to reduce gas consumption. The cost savings will benefit farmers economically, while the project’s results—including data on improvements in poultry health—will be shared with other utilities to help promote beneficial electrification in poultry and other livestock industries.

Beneficial Electrification Projects: Model all-electric home

Model All-Electric Home with Cold Climate Mini-Split Heat Pump – Low Income Housing

Beartooth Electric Cooperative has partnered with Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF) – an affordable housing organization – and Helena Habitat for Humanity to showcase a model all-electric home with a cold-climate, minisplit ductless heat pump and other alternatives to the gas- and propane-fueled systems typically used in Rocky Mountain homes.

Electric Utility Terrain Vehicles

Electric Utility Terrain Vehicles
South Dakota

Central Electric Cooperative will partner with a Polaris dealer near Mitchell, South Dakota to demonstrate electric utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) to farmers, tribal landowners and other users who could benefit economically and environmentally by switching from gas-powered UTVs to electric models.

Beneficial Electrification Projects: Home energy audits

Home Energy Audits and Electrification Coaching

Winneshiek Energy District will provide home energy audits and electrification coaching to rural households to help families reduce energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce system electric peak demand and improve indoor comfort and air quality.

BEL has initiated four additional projects—case studies and key takeaways will be shared on the BEL website upon project completion:

Beneficial Electrification Projects: Feasibility Study

Beneficial Electrification Feasibility Study

Concept Scope: In this project, Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) has hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study of beneficial electrification in their service territory. The tasks for this project include 1) beneficial electrification market potential analysis, 2) barrier analysis, 3) beneficial electrification road map and 4) and reporting.

BEL plans to contribute $10K into this project to facilitate public promotion of the project as well as key learnings.

Beneficial Electrification Projects: Enabling Electrification in the ECO Act

Enabling Electrification in the ECO Act

The Enabling Electrification project will engage energy utilities, consumer and environmental groups, and policy makers to develop the robust methodologies needed to make beneficial electrification eligible for state energy efficiency programs. Notably, the first focus will be on developing a methodology for electric vehicles and EV chargers in MN.

The Enabling Electrification project will engage stakeholders in creating robust model methodologies for energy utilities and electrification advocates to use in designing beneficial electrification programs that deliver verifiable GHG savings and can achieve approval for incorporation utility energy efficiency programs.

Beneficial Electrification Projects: Grid Interactive Hybrid Water Heater

Grid Interactive Hybrid Water Heater Direct Install Project

This program, conducted by La Plata Electric Association, aims to install higher-cost beneficial electrification measures that would typically be inaccessible to the market segment, and to bolster those measures with complementary energy efficiency upgrades. Specifically, this program will install an Air Source Heat Pump Water Heater with grid interactive control, along with energy efficiency measures to include LED lighting, low flow faucets & shower heads, and window & door weather-stripping.

Historical billing will be collected for each site to enable pre and post installation comparison, existing rebate programs will be used to cover a portion of equipment costs, and rebate applications will be processed by LPEA. Program participation will be determined by income qualification (AMI).

This program will be implemented in partnership with an established local organization, 4CORE (Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency), experienced in energy efficiency program delivery. Due to time constraints, this application was created as a proof-of-concept, and a demonstration of the capabilities of the program implementers.

Beneficial Electrification Projects: Advancing Equity In Energy Transitions

Advancing Equity In Energy Transitions: Home Energy Efficiency and Electrification in Low-Income And Disadvantaged Communities

Concept Scope: The Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) and its partners are working to create and find funding for a sustainability and environmental justice program to support the acceleration of an inclusive economy and support universal efforts to manage economic and environmental impacts on underserved and low income communities in the U.S. The sustainability and environmental justice program will achieve three pillars as follows:

  • Ensure that communities are not left behind in energy transitions that require capital, such as efficiency and electrification by expanding inclusive financing programs such as On-Bill Financing and On-Bill Tariff programs (Pay As You Save programs).
  • Upgrade existing homes in disadvantaged communities to be safe and energy efficient homes to reduce energy burdens for low income residents.
  • Transition homes that rely on fuel combustion for heating, cooking and water heating to cost-effective electric options to improve the health of the home, decrease costs, and to increase sustainability.

Learn From Others Who Are Successfully Deploying Beneficial Electrification:

Go Electric! Case Study:
Beneficial Electrification and Sustainable Technology Solutions

Learn how North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) and its member cooperatives are working towards sustainability goals.
February 2021

Go Electric! Case Study:
Beneficial Electrification, Innovative Rates and Renewables

Learn how Lake Region Electric Cooperative manages load to reduce costs.
February 2021

Go Electric! Case Study:
Carbon-Neutral Distillery

Learn how electric cooperatives worked with Diageo to create a carbon neutral distillery in central Kentucky.
February 2021

Go Electric! Case Study:
Exploring Consumer Needs

Learn how Hoosier Energy explored consumer-member needs through pilot projects and research.
February 2021

Go Electric! Case Study:
On-Bill Financing and Rebates

Learn how Orcas Power & Light Cooperative uses on-bill financing and rebates to facilitate beneficial electrification.
February 2021

Go Electric! Case Study:
Responsible Energy Plan

Learn how Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association include beneficial electrification as part of their responsible energy plan.
February 2021

Including Beneficial Electrification Market Assessment, Program Development, and Consumer Engagement Tools:

Go Electric! Case Study:
Electric Transport Refrigeration Units (eTRU)

​​​​​​Electric transport refrigeration units (eTRUs) are not only beneficial for company bottom lines, but they also are beneficial for communities and the environment. Transport refrigeration units (TRUs) are mobile refrigeration systems that supply precise temperature control for perishable goods during transport and storage. Read about the benefits and cost savings offered by these systems, which have traditionally been powered entirely by a diesel, but now use electricity to power the unit while not in motion.
March 2021

Go Electric! Case Study:
Communication Strategies

Reaching consumers with programs that meet their needs and messaging that appeals to their interests are key ingredients in achieving widespread adoption of beneficial electrification. To develop greater understanding and participation by their consumer-members, Beneficial Electrification League has worked with partners to refine strategies and improve marketing and engagement practices. This article discusses strategies and tools for talking about this topic with energy consumers.
March 2021

Instructional Information and Communications Materials, to both learn more and share the facts with others:

What is the Beneficial Electrification League? Along Those Lines Podcast:
What is the Beneficial Electrification League?

In a new of NRECA’s Along Those Lines podcast, hear from the Beneficial Electrification League's co-chair, Gary Connett, formerly of Great River Energy, and Tri-State G&T CEO Duane Highley, who heads the league's Colorado chapter, about their goals for the group and how co-ops are getting involved.
September 2020

For Residential – Electrify Your World Video
An animated video that discusses the benefits of choosing electricity to power your everyday life, from your home, to your car and even your lawn equipment.
August 2020

For Businesses – Choose Electricity!
An animated video that discusses the benefits of electrifying businesses, from cost savings to performance improvements and meeting environmental and sustainability goals.
August 2020

What is Beneficial Electrification?
February 2020