Electrification of building and other sectors has barely begun. Twenty years ago the same was true of wind production. Can Colorado execute this big pivot?
Electrification of buildings makes sense for several reasons. What’s holding up the show? A new report lays out barriers and potential solutions in Colorado.
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project has put together a menu of options for local jurisdictions that want to begin decarbonizing the building sector.
After successes as a wind and then solar developer Eric Blank sees electrifying buildings as the next frontier. “It’s crazy to build 40,000 houses a year” in Colorado with natural gas infrastructure, he says.
A climate task force in Denver urges elected officials to seize the moment to accelerate the drive to remove natural gas from the built environment.
Building electrification has started to take off in Colorado. A developer of the North Vista Highlands project at Pueblo has decided against installing natural gas lines into the 4,850-unit site. In Boulder and Boulder County, electric buildings are a crucial step toward climate action goals. But the jurisdictions emphasize comfort, not climate.