New report from Duquesne Light examines the benefits of electrification

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A new whitepaper from Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Light Company (DLC) looks at the role of electrification in decarbonizing the Pittsburgh region.

Among the primary objectives of the paper — Electrification as a Strategy for Decarbonization – is to lay out how beneficial electrification on a low-carbon electrical grid can reduce impacts on the climate, improve public health, and ensure inclusive economic and workforce development. Further, the paper seeks to motivate the Pittsburgh region’s transition to electrification, including transportation and buildings, by showing the positive impacts of connecting to a low-carbon grid.

In addition, the paper is designed to raise awareness of the low-carbon electricity generation in the Pittsburgh region that feeds DLC’s service territory in Allegheny and Beaver counties. Finally, it hopes to demonstrate DLC’s commitment to being a trusted partner in building a clean energy future.

“As a society, we’re at an inflection point regarding the ways in which energy is produced and consumed, and the transition to lower carbon sources of energy is necessary in order to slow the increasingly harmful effects of climate change. As an electric utility, DLC plays a pivotal role in our region’s energy transition and realizes the positive impact that beneficial electrification has on the environment, public health, and the economy,” DLC President and CEO Kevin Walker said.

DLC developed the whitepaper with input from numerous experts at DLC as well as external contractors experienced in the energy sector.

“We have an opportunity to use electrification as a way to limit energy consumption, lower consumer costs, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously promoting economic and workforce development. I hope this whitepaper will educate and inspire our customers, the public, and key decision-makers across all sectors as we strive for a decarbonized, clean energy future that benefits everyone,” Walker said.

DLC will expand partnerships with external stakeholders to ensure an equitable and effective transition to a decarbonized future. It will also support customers on this path by increasing electric vehicle infrastructure and through energy efficiency programs.

“Taking action today can help protect our planet for current and future generations; however, being successful requires support and collaboration from everyone,” Walker said. “Electrification is one more way we can achieve our vision of a clean energy future for all. We have the tools and resources to boldly harness opportunities today and going forward. While it’s clear we still have a lot of work to do, I am confident we’re on the right path and look forward to seeing the progress.”

DLC provides electricity to more than 600,000 customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties in Pennsylvania.