The mission of the Beneficial Electrification League of Colorado (BEL-CO) is to advance beneficial electrification in Colorado’s buildings and industrial facilities through building leadership, sharing knowledge, fostering collaboration, coordinating market development strategies, and increasing consumer awareness.
BEL-CO’s vision is to achieve a higher level of market penetration of heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and other efficient electric technologies in homes and businesses across Colorado.
Doing so will decrease customer costs, improve efficiency of utilization of grid resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and advance workforce opportunities through beneficial electrification to benefit all Coloradans.
BEL-CO works closely with the national Beneficial Electrification League, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase understanding of the benefits of electrification by promoting the market acceptance of beneficial electrification (BE), educating policy makers on the value, benefits and tools of BE and by serving as a conduit and facilitator of BE resources. The group’s vision is for BE to be universally accepted as a necessary strategy to meet economic, consumer and environmental goals.
BEL-CO Advisory Group Members
- City and County of Denver
- City of Aspen Electric
- City of Boulder
- Colorado Energy Office
- Colorado Rural Electric Association
- Energy Efficiency Business Coalition
- Holy Cross Energy
- National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
- Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
- Western Resource Advocates
- Xcel Energy
BEL-CO is a coalition of stakeholders in Colorado working to advance beneficial electrification in Colorado’s buildings and industrial facilities through building leadership, sharing knowledge, fostering collaboration, coordinating market development strategies, and increasing consumer awareness.
Beneficial electrification refers to installing energy-efficient electric equipment—such as heat pumps for space heating and cooling, heat pump water heaters, and induction/electric cooktops—in place of combustion-fueled (typically propane or natural gas) equipment. Switching from a non-electric energy source to an efficient electric energy source is beneficial because as the electrical grid is increasingly powered by renewable energy, the electrification of appliances can:
- Reduce customer costs,
- Lower greenhouse gas emissions,
- Improve indoor air quality, and
- Utilize grid resources more efficiently and flexibly.