Clean Industry Needs Electrification: How Will the Grid Manage New Demand? (Part 2 of 3)

Transitioning the industrial sector to run on clean, renewable energy through electrification is a critical strategy to decarbonize one of our economy’s largest-emitting sectors. But electric utilities and the power grid must be able to meet increased demand from electrified industries. Effectively managing this growing electrified load from industry requires new strategies and reliance on tried-and-true methods. On this episode, host Sara Baldwin speaks with Anna Johnson of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, co-author of Enabling Industrial Demand Flexibility: Aligning Industrial Consumer and Grid Benefits, to dissect the issues underpinning industrial electrification and the implications for utilities, industries, the grid, and state policymakers.


Guest Bios:

Anna Johnson is a Senior Researcher with the Industry Program for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, where she conducts research and analysis to support industrial decarbonization efforts. Her work focuses on enabling the use of variable renewable power by industry, strategic integration across approaches to supply and demand side energy management, and projects specific to steel, aluminum, and petrochemical manufacturing.

Prior to joining ACEEE, Anna worked at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, in the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program as a conservation planner and communication specialist. She developed public-facing reports and geospatial databases to help prioritize state-level conservation management and planning goals. Anna earned a PhD in geography and environmental systems from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a bachelor of arts in liberal arts from St. John’s College.

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