The Beneficial Electrification League defines Beneficial Electrification as:
The application of electricity to end-uses that would otherwise consume fossil fuels (e.g., natural gas, propane, oil, gasoline) where doing so satisfies at least one of following conditions, without adversely affecting the others:
Beneficial Electrification programs are a valuable opportunity to engage both electric utilities and environmental groups in the effort to identify solutions that work well for the end-use consumer, local communities and the environment.
All three are terms that get to the same basic concept and could be used interchangeably for the most part.
The environmental benefits of choosing to use electricity over on-site fossil fuel combustion to power homes, transportation, businesses, and industry are increasing. Several factors are contributing to this trend: Greenhouse gas emission rates of grid-generated electricity are steadily decreasing; end-use efficiency of electrical appliances continues to improve; penetration of variable renewable electricity production on the grid is rising creating the need for flexible loads; and new electric technologies are available and are decreasing in price.
Many studies say that to achieve deep greenhouse gas reductions, increased electrification is required. A study by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, for example, finds: The key to meeting GHG goals is “widespread electrification of passenger vehicles, building heating, and industry heating.”