Decarbonizing Buildings – The Role of Electrification
This virtual event will discuss the transatlantic movement away from fossil fuels and gas toward carbon-free electricity.
In the US, buildings are responsible for 28% of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. But more than half of American houses still use gas or other fossil fuels as their main source of heating and cooking, which results in the production of hazardous gasses including methane, carbon dioxide, and many more.
Washington State is the first in the US to have statewide energy codes that require building electrification. We want to find out if building electrification is the push to switch from using fossil fuels for cooking and heating to clean energy consumption.
Questions we will cover in our virtual event:
- What fuel-switching incentives and electrification programs exist?
- Does electrification play the same role in Germany and Washington State?
- What role will utilities play?
- What has to happen in addition to carbon-free electricity?
- Find out if electrification is a key component of a green transition
- Understand how Germany and Washington State can learn from each other
- Learn about the role of renewables – status quo and goals
- Gain insights about German technologies