2024 KCP Application
Innovation Network for Communities
Customers & Partnerships
Project Summary / Description:
A growing number of cities across North America have made commitments to reduce GHG emissions by 80% or more by 2050 ( 80x50 ). In many cities, fossil fuels used to provide heating, cooling and hot water in buildings can be the most significant source of GHG emissions‚Äîaccounting for 40% or more. To transition away from fossil fuels in buildings, most viable option today is to convert to high efficiency electric cold climate air source heat pumps (ASHPs) and heat pump water heaters (HPWHs), which pull increasingly renewable electricity from the grid. While approaches for scaling up grid-scale renewables, mass transit, electric vehicles, and other decarbonization strategies are relatively well-understood, the movement toward building electrification is still emerging. With this proposal, a project team overseen by the Innovation Network for Communities (INC) will build on the groundwork laid by four leading cities‚ÄîNew York City, Boulder CO, Burlington VT, and Washington DC‚Äîwho began implementing building electrification strategies in the last two years. The project team will create a new Building Electrification Technical Assistance (TA) Platform that will serve as a one-stop shop for resources and assistance for cities to accelerate building electrification. To develop the idea, project team will continue prototyping program, policy, and partnership approaches in NYC, Washington DC, Boulder, and Burlington and provide support for four new cities to accelerate local initiatives. Based on this work, the team will design the TA Platform and technical resources to help dozens of cities electrify buildings over the next 3-5 years.
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The Innovation Network for Communities (INC) is a national non-profit organization focused on helping cities achieve carbon neutrality and long-term resilience to climate disruptions. INC also works in other topic areas, including social-impact networks and workforce development. The Building Electrification Initiative, a porposed initiative incubated by INC, aims to assist cities and their partners to create large-scale, self-perpetuating market adoption of high efficiency electric heating and cooling technologies across North America in order to achieve deep decarbonization of buildings. If the project is successful in North America, this strategy can be replicated in other markets, such as Europe.