Decarbonizing Residential Space Heating in Cold Climates

April 18, 2024 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

This event has been rescheduled from April 3 to April 18.

Decarbonizing home heating can be challenging in the coldest U.S. regions. Electric heat pumps can operate in very low temperatures, but with reduced performance and the potential for increasing winter peak electricity demand. Hybrid systems with biofuel backups for the coldest days could help economically yet wouldn’t achieve full decarbonization. How can clean heating be achieved in the most extreme winters without straining household budgets? 

Join this webinar to hear the results of a new ACEEE report examining the future costs of decarbonized heating in the coldest areas of the country. Report authors and outside experts will discuss the impacts of several possible technologies, including common heat pumps, furnace and boiler options, the use of low-carbon backup fuels stored in small tanks, and adoption of air-to-water heat pumps.


Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Steven has been ACEEE’s executive director since 2001 and has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 40 years, authoring over 200 publications. He was the lead author of the study being released during this webinar.

Amy Royden-Bloom, Program Manager, Residential Buildings Integration, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Amy leads programs that include research, analysis, information, and partnerships geared toward developing and scaling energy-efficiency technologies and approaches that improve the affordability and comfort of our nation’s 120 million residential buildings, while reducing their carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Chris Neme, Principal, Energy Futures Group (EFG)

Chris specializes in analysis of markets for energy efficiency, renewable energy and strategic electrification measures and the design and evaluation of programs and policies to promote them.

During his 30 years in the industry, he has helped clients in 30+ states, 7 Canadian provinces, and several European countries with a variety of energy efficiency, demand response, strategic electrification and other distributed energy resource programs and policies. 

Moderator: Lyla Fadali, Senior Researcher, Buildings Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Lyla led data analysis for ACEEE’s new study. Prior to joining ACEEE, she was an AAAS Science & Technology Fellow in the Building Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. She has a PhD in mathematics and works on topics across ACEEE’s portfolio involving complex data analysis and modeling.

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