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Building Electrification

Washington State Could Lead the Nation on Building Electrification Codes

In the unglamorous pages of local and state law books lies one of the most powerful tools for reducing carbon emissions: building codes. Local governments in Washington State, including Seattle, Tacoma, and Shoreline, have already put this powerful tool to use, amending their building codes to restrict the installation…

A Landmark Year for Building Electrification

As the climate, health, and financial imperative to eliminate fossil fuels from buildings becomes more urgent, states and cities across the country are stepping up to tackle this challenging sector. This year was an exciting one for the effort to electrify buildings in the United States, from city building codes…

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Stopping Gas Hookups in New Construction in NYC Would Cut Carbon and Costs

The New York City Council is on the cusp of passing a landmark bill (Introduction 2317) that requires new buildings to be free of fossil fuels, including natural gas. The bill’s passage would represent a landmark moment for the electrification movement: the first all-electric new construction policy in America’s…

Reality Check: The Myth of Stable and Affordable Natural Gas Prices

This winter, natural gas prices are spiking across the United States and are expected to cause high heating bills throughout the heating season. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that residential gas prices will be 27 percent higher than last winter on average, while electricity prices will…

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Investing in Healthier Low-Income Housing

Low-income communities continue to grapple with poor housing quality, high energy costs, and disproportionate health burdens stemming from fossil fuel pollution in their homes and communities.