Building the electrification alliance: Bridging along and across value chains

Summary

As the world is engaged in a revolutionary energy transition, partnerships and alliances fostering electrification are emerging across sectors and continents. Building these partnerships around electrification, within every step of key lengthy value chains such as those of transport, buildings and industry, is a worthy way to lead a sustainable energy transition and provide clean energy to all. Gathering the experiences of utilities around the globe in this area has highlighted rich and diverse collaborations between actors of the value chain to support low-carbon electrification.

These electrification partnerships can enable technology solutions, innovative approaches and open policies to unlock new business cases. Finding the right enablers and putting them into regulations across the globe is a necessary step towards synergic electrification partnerships and solid electrification alliances. There is a need to promote the emergence of industrial ecosystems platforms able to generate positive network externalities. Such systems will allow all actors involved to move from competition to collaboration scenarios, boosting value creation for end customers through interoperable services and resource pooling. A closer look to what is happening in the real world provides us a glimpse into the future that awaits us.

This report presents how partnerships are performing in favor of electrification, as a lever to provide multiple benefits to the energy systems we human beings use every day in our daily activities. The report covers seventeen cases of successful electrification partnerships in transport, buildings and industry, involving dozens of partners in the upstream, midstream and downstream stages of the value chains for those sectors. Gathering the experience of GSEP members in this area has led to an unexpectedly rich picture in terms of variety, creativity in reach of the partnerships activated by utilities around the globe. Furthermore, outside of GSEP members’ sphere of action, we have identified numerous partnerships with sustainable electrification at their core, showing that the world is moving towards this direction. Indeed, electrification partnerships are spanning across sectors in support of corporate sustainable policies, driven by early-movers. In other cases, new technology solutions, innovative approaches and open policies are able to unlock new business cases that emerge where previously there were none.

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