Report Identifies Opportunities for Electric Space Heating Conversions in Commercial Buildings
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- Nov 17, 2020 5:02 pm GMTNov 17, 2020 2:45 pm GMT
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A report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says that "significant potential" exists to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by electrifying existing commercial building space heating.
The electrification opportunities could trim total commercial-sector site energy use by about 37% and greenhouse gas emissions by about 44%.
The ACEEE report looked at packaged systems, furnaces, boilers and space heaters. It found that about more than one-quarter of commercial floor space that is currently heated with fossil fuel systems can be electrified with a simple payback of less than 10 years and without any rebates or carbon pricing.