One in four U.S. homes is all electric. Share of houses with heat pumps instead of gas heating rose from 8% to 12% between 2005-2015.

MAY 1, 2019 One in four U.S. homes is all electric USEIA Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration; 2005, 2009, and 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Surveys A growing number of homes in the United States are all electric, with 25% of homes nationwide using only electricity according to EIA’s 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). The share of all-electric homes has risen in each census …

Equitable Beneficial Electrification for Rural Electric Cooperatives: A Report on Electrifying Residential Space and Water Heating

Equitable Beneficial Electrification for Rural Electric Cooperatives: A Report on Electrifying Residential Space and Water Heating Home, Electrification  EESI Rural electric cooperatives are increasingly enthusiastic about a process that will increase their sales while saving their members money and reduce carbon emissions: beneficial electrification. Beneficial electrification refers to the replacement of fossil-fuel powered systems with electrical ones in a way that reduces …

Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites LISTEN·3:463:46PLAYLIST

The coal plant in Shamokin Dam, Pa., is a local landmark that delivered electricity to this region for more than six decades. It closed in 2014, and the state hopes to lure new businesses to the site. Jeff Brady/NPR Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been “retired” since 2010, according to the Sierra Club. It’s a trend that continues despite President Trump’s …

Tesla’s solar roof still looks like it is a ways off

Tesla’s new solar roof strategy is a bold pivot, but a lack of detail about the equipment used and potential additional installation costs makes it difficult to compare to other offerings. MAX ARAM MAY 20, 2019, GTM Questions About Tesla’s ‘Low-Cost Solar’ Announcement 10 Tesla recently announced a major restructuring of its solar business following several quarters of declining solar installations and dropping …

Sonnen Brings Homebuilder Strategy to Illinois With Passive Home Project

The battery company expanded its effort to put high-end batteries into new-build, eco-friendly homes. GreenTechMedia, by JULIAN SPECTOR MAY 24, 2019 Sonnen will outfit each house with a 20 kilowatt-hour ecoLinx battery system. Photo Credit: Evolutionary Home Builders 3 The U.S. branch of battery company sonnen will move into the Illinois market to supply an entire residential development of environmentally-friendly houses with high-end …

Electrification of gas heating and cooking

Let’s learn from what’s working in California too! Require every home to allow for consumer choice, meaning all fixtures that have gas delivered must also have sufficient power and a dedicated circuit for future fuel switching. This approach was pioneered with the code requirements for pre-wiring for car chargers and solar panels. Target indoor air pollution from gas stoves–see the …

New sonnenCommunity Pairs Passive House Design With Intelligent Energy Storage 

May 23rd, 2019 by Kyle Field in Clean Technica, New sonnenCommunity Pairs Passive House Design With Intelligent Energy Storage  sonnen has partnered with Chicago area developer Evolutionary Home Builders to design and build a new community comprised of some of the most sustainable passive homes in the United States. Collectively, the new sonnenCommunity will be net energy positive, setting an impressively responsible high bar …

State Efficiency Standards are Good for Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 by NRDC State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone, Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Lauren Urbanek The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet. Fortunately, more states are setting efficiency …

Developing a Framework for Zero Carbon Buildings

Net zero carbon buildings are green and healthy buildings. They use energy ultra-efficiently and are supplied by renewables. They are comfortable homes where money isn’t wasted on energy bills, productive workplaces insulated from extreme temperatures, and healthy schools free from dirty air.  Action is needed today, because most buildings will be standing for generations to come. Missing this opportunity locks …