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Electric and Gas Decarbonization Options for Homes and Apartments

July 27, 2022 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT

Many states and utilities are making long-term commitments to decarbonization. With buildings responsible for about one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, some stakeholders advocate for full electrification of homes and buildings, primarily using electric heat pumps. Others tout opportunities to use clean fuels, such as biogas and hydrogen, or gas-driven heat pumps.

This webinar will explore residential decarbonization options and discuss a new ACEEE analysis on the economics of these options. The analysis, based on a sample of nearly 3,000 U.S. homes and apartments now heated with oil, propane, and natural gas, considers the cost of decarbonized energy, including fuels and electricity.

The webinar will feature presentations from practitioners who are pursuing decarbonization in environments that can be challenging for electric heat pumps, such as the cold climate of Minnesota and multifamily buildings in Chicago.

 Speakers

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

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.

Lyla Fadali, Senior Researcher, Buildings Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Lyla has been a senior researcher in ACEEE’s buildings program for nearly a year. Prior to joining ACEEE, Lyla 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 led data analysis for ACEEE’s new study.

Josh Quinnell, Senior Research Engineer, Center for Energy and Environment

CEE is a clean energy nonprofit with expertise in energy efficiency that stretches back 40 years. Working across homes, businesses, and communities, CEE endeavors to discover and deploy the best energy solutions to strengthen the economy and improve our environment. Josh works on grid modernization efforts such as strategic electrification, solar energy deployment optimization, and using efficiency and other distributed energy resources to manage distribution system capacity. He has a PhD in mechanical engineering.

Anne Evens, CEO, Elevate Energy

Anne leads Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to designing and implementing efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency, demand response and renewables reach those who need them most. She provides oversight for programs related to energy efficiency retrofits in affordable housing buildings, energy performance of commercial and residential buildings, and regional energy and climate planning, as well as smart grid and dynamic electricity pricing initiatives.

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