Majority of Americans support transition from fossil fuels to electricity


US consumers are willing to transition from fossil fuels to electricity for transportation, heating, cooking and water heating, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC).

SECC surveyed 1,200 Americans to gauge interest in switching to electricity, determine barriers that might exist and uncover underlying motivations for switching.

Key study findings include:

Considerable interest in switching to electricity for both residential use and for transportation.

  • 68% of Americans believe it is important for their electric utilities to invest in electric vehicle charging.
  • 62% want government leaders to invest in electric public transportation.
  • 31% of Americans that currently own a gas-powered vehicle would make their next car purchase an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle if the price was the same, and interest remains relatively stable with a 10% increase in price.

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Americans are supportive of a transition to electric-powered heating, cooking, water heating and other applications:

  • 68% are open to electric cooking.
  • 62% are willing to switch to electric heating.
  • 70% are open to electric water heating.

78% of surveyed Americans are open to powering other home appliances – such as yard tools, sump pumps and generators – with electricity rather than using fossil fuels. For eco-conscious and tech-savvy Americans, interest is notably higher for all categories mentioned.

Patty Durand, the CEO of SECC, said: “Beneficial electrification represents one strategy by which utilities and government can reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

“This new study demonstrates that Americans are ready to pursue this path now.”

Patty Durand, the CEO of SECC speaks about the latest research from the SECC – particularly distributed energy resources, alternative rates and the state of the consumer.

Click here for more information about the survey.