- Sep 3, 2020 2:06 pm GMT
There are three key conclusions to this analysis:
Illinois needs to phase fossil fuels out of buildings to meet its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement: Direct fossil fuel combustion in buildings accounts for 18% of Illinois’ energy-related carbon emissions.
Electrification saves emissions: Recent improvements in the electric grid and heat pump technology make heat pumps an emissions-savings intervention over their lifetime even with conservative assumptions about the future growth of renewable energy in the state.
Pursuing 100% clean electricity will significantly increase emissions savings related to building electrification: Achieving 100% renewable energy on the grid by 2050 would result in 46% more emissions savings in the buildings sector than a lower renewable energy scenario.
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