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Talor GRUENWALD's picture
Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

Talor provides quantitative analysis and policy research in support of eliminating fossil fuel use in buildings at the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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  • Dec 16, 2020

From all-electric building codes to heat pump deployments, here is a look back at some of the most noteworthy state-level progress on building electrification this year. With these developments, 2021 promises to be an even more important year for building electrification. Coupled with the new administration’s strong support, more states and cities are poised to make important progress on requiring all-electric appliances in new construction, phasing out gas appliances in existing buildings, and winding down the gas distribution system to protect the climate and future ratepayers alike.

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Matt Chester on Dec 16, 2020

Despite the challenges of 2020, it sounds like we're poised for the most optimism in this space moving forward! Makes you wonder what would have been able to happen if 2020 was a normal year

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Joe Deely on Dec 16, 2020


Thanks for this. Great resource.

One thing you may have missed for 2020.

AHRI - Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute - shows in their latest monthly report that more Heat Pump units are selling vs NG furnaces.

Data is thru October:

  • Gas Furnaces: 2.68M
  • Heat Pumps: 2.93M


If this continues, 2020 would be the first year where heat pumps > NG furnaces.

Based on your links it looks like this trend should accelerate.

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Talor GRUENWALD on Dec 18, 2020

That's an amazing development, Joe. Thanks for flagging!

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Christopher Neely on Dec 29, 2020

This is certainly progress, however 11 states out of 50—5 of which are in the northeast—shows much work remains in the type of electrification revolution needed for it to have a strong impact on our country's climate goals. I look forward to seeing my new home state, Texas, on this list in the future. 

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