May 19, 2021: The Flipside Report- Targeted Geographic Electrification in California's Gas Transition!
The BDC and Common Spark Consulting co-host a members-only webinar to preview the recommendations contained in “The Flipside Report: A White Paper on Targeted Geographic Electrification in California’s Gas Transition.”
Filled with solutions for how we can end our dependence on gas and accelerate the electrification of our communities, The Flipside Report discusses and proposes:
o Targeted geographic electrification to mitigate disproportional infrastructure costs/throughput, while maximizing cost savings and reliability
o Leveraging dynamics between gas rates and electric rates for whole-bill considerations that will provide incentives for electrification while protecting customer affordability
o Prioritization for migrating low-income, environmental justice, and vulnerable populations away from the gas system first. Establishing bill protection/credit programs for those populations transitioning from gas network dependence to electrification
o Financing and funding options designed to accelerate electrification within the timeline established for California to attain its emissions goals.
Thank you for joining us for an informative and lively discussion of the challenges, solutions, and implications of targeted electrification and gas decommissioning.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Don't let the name fool you, May's Policy Call--as ever--is hosted by Panama Bartholomy! Thank you to each of you who faithfully join us on our monthly policy calls and for your membership and support of the organization. You won't want to miss this month's update on decarbonization proceedings, legislation and local government activities!
May 13, 2021: The Retrofit-ready Heat Pump Water Heater: 120 Volts to the Future!
Featuring Tom Zimmer (GE), Arthur Smith (A.O. Smith) and Kevin Clark (Rheem)
For homes with electrical panels with 100 amp or less capacity, installing a heat pump water heater can require a panel upgrade—a potentially expensive and time consuming exercise. Thank you for joining BDC & NBI as we discussed the latest promising developments in Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) technologies that may avoid this expensive and time consuming exercise!
Tom Zimmer (GE), Arthur Smith (A.O. Smith), and Kevin Clark (Rheem) unveiled a new generation of ‘Plug In,’ HPWH devices, which are compatible with current residential electrical systems. Requiring just 120 volts and low amperage, this exciting new class of HPWH eliminates the need for most electrical panel upgrades. Their ease of use will help accelerate the use of clean energy appliances that are essential to decarbonizing our homes.
Panama Bartholomy is the Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition.