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electrification

noun; derivation
Technical term referring to the replacement of fossil fuels with electrical energy, specifically with respect to natural gas use in buildings.
 
Technical jargon used to describe specifically the replacement of natural gas energy in homes with electrical energy. Possibly derived via analogy with “modification”, which is an established word which shares the same odd “ication” ending.
Etymology : “electric” + “ify” + “cate” + “tion”, “electric” referring to electrical energy, “ify” as a verb-forming morpheme meaning “to make”, “cate” also as a verb forming morpheme commonly paired with “tion”, and “tion” as a noun-forming morpheme.
Source : “Grid electrification is hard because we don’t have the infrastructure in place to handle all the additional load” (June 2016, conversation with mentor at National Renewable Energy Labs internship)
Last modified: 9 December 2016


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