Sector Name:Technology Innovation
Document Type:Issues & Overviews
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Recent EPRI research and consultation with its members has focused on the imperative to develop a framework for action to decarbonize the electricity sector and the economy. A primary challenge for the electricity sector is to shift its thinking from surviving a carbon-constrained world to creating a low-carbon future.
The magnitude of the challenge requires vigorous and parallel development and deployment of several technologies. To date, concerted technical progress toward the low-carbon future has been complicated as the focus shifts from option to option in the technology portfolio. Competing technologies and their champions often fall into the trap of "zero sum" thinking, where money or effort invested in one area requires reduced emphasis or commitment for a "competing" technology.
EPRI's research points to the need for a fundamental transformation of the power system if we are to achieve new levels of efficiency, reliability and sustainability—and more than incremental progress in decarbonizing electricity and transportation. The key is to integrate technologies in a transformative framework not just at the point of energy production, but along the energy value chain.
To meet the critical need for a comprehensive framework for action EPRI proposes "ElectriNetSM," a fundamental rethinking of how the electric sector and users of electricity harness diverse resources and interact to optimize energy production, management and use. ElectriNet will provide for new linkages and integration of advanced technological infrastructures.
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