Policy Ros Davidson - 19/December/2019

California shows the way on building electrification

The argument for natural gas as a bridge to a cleaner renewable future has grown weaker as the case for electrification as the most efficient way to decarbonise has grown

Banning gas heating in favour of electric energy for heat is a policy gaining strength and nowhere more so than in California, where 22 jurisdictions have adopted restrictions on gas in buildings. Electrification is often cheaper as well as cleaner

Advocates of increasing the share of green electricity in energy consumption say financial incentives are needed to speed up the transition away from natural gas in buildings and promote policies for attractive, stable and affordable electricity rates

The move to electrify buildings is the fastest-moving clean energy sector trend I have ever seen. This transition will be unlike anything we have seen so far


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