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Affordable Housing Lags Behind in Decarbonization Programs

  • 1.  Affordable Housing Lags Behind in Decarbonization Programs

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 28 days ago
    by Dan York

    The affordable housing sector stands to miss out on the many benefits of electrification and decarbonization, as few utility programs target its particular needs and challenges, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

    The research shows that utilities are starting to support home electrification-essential for reducing climate-warming emissions-but still have few programs to help the affordable housing sector. Such existing programs tend to be single demonstration projects or pilot programs, not full-scale programs serving large customer populations. Electrification in homes involves replacing equipment that uses fossil fuels, such as natural gas, propane, or heating oil, with technologies that use electricity, preferably from renewable sources. For heating and hot water, this means heat pumps instead of fossil-fuel furnaces and water heaters. For cooking, this means induction stoves instead of gas ranges and ovens.

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