To Achieve Widespread Decarbonization
M. Sami Khawaja, Ph.D., is a Senior Vice President at Cadmus. Over his career, Dr. Khawaja has evaluated over 100 energy-efficiency programs. He has conducted over 50 training workshops in various aspects of demand-side management design, evaluation, cost-effectiveness, statistical analysis, and planning.
Neil Veilleux is a Principal at Cadmus where he oversees the firm’s distributed energy resources (DER) and strategic electrification practices. He provides market research, evaluation, program design, and strategic planning services across the clean energy sector, with a special focus on beneficial electrification of the transportation and building sectors.
Nikhita Singh is a member of Cadmus’ Distributed Energy Resources team and supports a variety of strategic electrification and pathways to decarbonization projects. Ms. Singh specializes in sustainable transportation and building electrification policy and analysis and has developed an understanding of electrification opportunities and challenges.
States, cities, and utilities across the U.S. are exploring opportunities for strategic or beneficial electrification, which can substantially reduce or even eliminate the combustion of fossil fuels in buildings and transportation and achieve deep decarbonization goals.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the transportation sector accounts for twenty-nine percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Residential and commercial buildings account for twelve percent of emissions. Experts across the U.S. — from regulators to national labs — agree that beneficial electrification represents the most viable and predictable path to decarbonize the economy.
Utilities and regulators play a central role in facilitating a transition to building and transportation electrification. For example, utilities are already taking the lead in deploying electric vehicle initiatives, many of which have involved comprehensive market development programs that address a variety of vehicle classes.