Customer-Focused Alternatives to Gas Will Provide Health Benefits and Local Economic Development. Direct building emissions from gas contribute 10 percent of nation’s total GHG pollution.

Last year, New York’s legislature and Governor Cuomo made a major commitment to climate action, passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA commits the state to emissions reductions of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050. Along the way, New York’s electricity system must be 70 percent renewable by 2030 and 100 …

Approaches Cities Are Taking and Law on Municipal Gas Bans

The bans in California and Massachusetts rely on different sources of authority. Many of the California bans are structured as amendments to the local building codes. In that state, municipalities are permitted to adopt building energy code provisions that are more stringent than the state code with California Energy Commission approval. San Jose, Menlo Park, San Mateo, West Hollywood and …

The Economics of Electrifying Buildings

Ed. Note: How much better are the economics now? Has the price of the new equipment come down? 2018  |  By RMI – Sherri Billimoria, Leia Guccione, Mike Henchen, Leah Louis-Prescott FULL REPORT DOWNLOAD Seventy million American homes and businesses burn natural gas, oil, or propane on-site to heat their space and water, generating 560 million tons of carbon dioxide each year—one-tenth of …

Electric Vehicle Adoption in California Could Increase Gross State Product by More Than $140 Billion: Report

JANUARY 29, 2020 BY EMILY HOLBROOK Utility Dive Electrification of light-duty vehicles in California could be a potent catalyst for economic growth over the next 10 years. That’s according to a new study by Next 10 on the impact on the California economy if the state achieves electric vehicle (EV) adoption that is consistent with its climate goals. The report, “Clean Transportation: An Economic …

Results of the Getting to Zero in Buildings Forum

22 other California cities and counties that followed Berkeley’s lead, including San Jose, the country’s 10th-largest city, have done so with building codes that encourage electric wiring and appliances February 12, 2020  |  By RMI Sneha Ayyagari, Cara Carmichael, Greg Hopkins, Jacob Corvidae, Laurie Stone As we embark on a new decade, we are reflecting on the many exciting advancements in the …

This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future: Powerhouse super-efficient buildings generate power for the community around them

This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future: It’s the latest “Powerhouse,” a name the architects at Snøhetta invented to describe super-efficient buildings that generate power for the community around them BY MARK WILSON, Fast Company For most of us, life in the city of Trondheim, Norway, would take some getting used to. At 63 degrees north …

More than half a million new customers are added to the US gas system each year. Why states need to ban gas hookups in new construction (5 charts)

The building sector’s climate impact does not receive enough scrutiny. That will change in 2020, the author writes. MIKE HENCHEN, RMI, in GreenTechMedia, Feb 17, 2020 A growing number of American cities are enacting electrification measures to limit gas use. 24 Fossil fuels, primarily gas, are a fixture in millions of American homes and businesses, but the building sector’s climate …

47 peer reviewed research papers, from 13 independent groups and 91 authors agree that it is possible to power the world by nearly 100% renewable energy

With the world already approaching 1.5°C of heating, it says, seven million people killed by air pollution annually, and limited fossil fuel resources potentially sparking conflict, Stanford’s researchers wanted to compare business-as-usual with a 100% transition to wind-water-solar energy, efficiency and storage by 2050 – with at least 80% by 2030.   By grouping the countries of the world together into 24 regions …

UK Could Ban Gas and Diesel Car Sales in 12 Years

Jordan Davidson Feb. 12, 2020 Britain announced that it will ban sales of new diesel and gasoline powered cars in 15 years last week. That was five years earlier than expected, but necessary for the UK to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office, as CNN reported. The UK’s Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps, …