Beneficial Electrification League February 2023

BEL COO Alex Hofmann and EPA Administrator Michael Regan were in Alma, Kansas, for the arrival of the state's first electric school bus.

BEL Joins EPA Administrator for Kansas Electric School Bus Roundtable and Announcement 

On February 8, Alex Hofmann, BEL's Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, joined Michael Regan, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, onstage in Alma, Kansas, to herald the delivery of the state's first electric school buses. (Watch the video; read the press release.) Regan announced BEL's participation in a national effort to enhance coordination between utilities and schools.


Many thanks to Doug Shepherd of the Kansas Electric Cooperatives statewide organization for assisting with local outreach and to CoBank for their support of BEL's Electric School Bus Initiative. 

Save the Dates: Georgia and New Hampshire 

On March 22, Georgia Tech and BEL are co-hosting the “Georgia Electrification Summit” in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the first electrification event of the new year. You can find the agenda and details here.


On May 18, BEL is holding the New England Electrification Leadership Summit at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Keep an eye out for details here

Electrifying U.S. fertilizer production  

BEL has received funding for an effort supporting the electrification of ammonia production, a process using electricity instead of natural gas. (Here is a first peek at the details.) This project aims to lay the groundwork for a consortium of organizations, including utilities, to increase awareness about use cases and, more broadly, the potential economic and environmental benefits of electrifying ammonia production. 

BEL's CO-GRIP proposal advances

The Department of Energy’s Grid Deployment Office has invited BEL to submit a full proposal in response to the concept paper submitted in December. Thanks to the many utilities whose participation is, no doubt, a big part of why we are now advancing. BEL’s concept, titled the “Community-Owned Grid Resilience and Innovation Program” (“CO-GRIP”) aims to broaden access to smart grid funds by aggregating eligible projects of local community-based electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and a tribal utility authority. If you are interested in a copy of the concept paper, email [email protected].

On BEL's radar: "Energy Improvements in Rural Areas" 

BEL is monitoring a new funding opportunity from the Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Deployment. The OCED program will be providing up to $300 million "to improve the cost, reliability, environmental impact, and climate resilience of energy systems in rural or remote areas across the country with 10,000 or fewer inhabitants."

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