Report Offers Framework For Equitable Building Electrification in California

Oct 3, 2019

A new report from the Greenlining Institute and California’s Energy Efficiency for All coalition provides a framework for equitable building electrification in California.

The report claims that moving away from using fossil fuels such as gas in buildings will help low-income Californians – as long as policies are designed with them in mind.

To that end, the report provides a five-step framework on how equitable electrification can be achieved.

It includes assessing community needs, establishing community-led decision-making, developing metrics, ensuring funding, and improving outcomes.

The report’s authors say that the gas industry is pushing the message that building electrification will be bad for low-income residents.

Carmelita Miller, one of the report’s authors, disagrees. She says that building electrification can actually lead to greater affordability for working families.

Miller: “We're arguing that it must all start with amplifying community voices and integrating community input in decision-making processes to make sure that building electrification actually addresses real problems and needs of our residents.”

The full report is available at greenlining.org.