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Financing the Electrification Transition
Let’s face it: electrification can be expensive. Just installing an air source heat pump will often cost $10,000 - $15,000 for a 2,000 square foot house. Upgrading from gas appliances to a heat pump water heater, [...]
Cold Climate Heat Pumps: A Nationwide Application
Cold climate regions of the United States – like the Northeast and Alaska – have historically been the hardest to decarbonize using air source heat pumps. Fears over poor efficiency and equipment failure in [...]
Community Solar: An Inclusive Option for Building Decarbonization
More than half of our electricity in the United States still comes from the combustion of fossil fuels. That means that even fully electrified buildings aren’t as decarbonized as they could be. Installing batteries paired [...]
Bio-Based Materials: Ideal Candidates for EPA Funding?
The U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) just released a request for information (RFI) that could help revolutionize the way embodied greenhouse gas emissions are tracked. For context, the EPA was allocated $350 million through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to help [...]
Time-of-Use Rates: The Most Cost-Effective Decarbonization Tool
Back in September, we discussed strategies to prevent grid strain during periods of high electricity demand. Today, we’ll do a deep dive into one of those potential solutions: time-of-use rates (TOUs). Time-of-use rates are a unique [...]
Preemption – The Gas Industry’s Greatest Weapon
In 2019, the City of Berkeley (CA) voted to phase out gas hookups in nearly all new construction. This pro-electrification move led to numerous lawsuits against the measure and spurred the gas industry to develop a bulwark against [...]