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New RMI Report: Utility regulators are key to rapid, affordable building decarbonization

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Senior Associate Rocky Mountain Institute

Sherri focuses on regulatory solutions and building electrification. She is the co-author of The Economics of Electrifying Buildings, looking at the cost and carbon implications of electrifying...

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As states like Massachusetts, California, and New York start to grapple with the future of gas in the context of increasingly urgent climate change goals, it’s clear the old model of utility regulation won’t be sufficient.  

To slash building sector emissions, states will need to rapidly electrify homes and businesses and utility regulators will play a key role in that transition. In a new report released Thursday, Rocky Mountain Institute lays out a comprehensive vision for regulatory reform focused on 10 key change strategies, including: 

  • Aligning the utility system with the imperative to swiftly address climate change by decarbonizing the entire economy 

  • Building a market for new clean energy solutions, like efficient, modern heat pumps 

  • Stopping the expansion of new gas infrastructure and creating a path to wind down gas systems safely and affordably 

If you are interested in learning more about these recommendations and the urgent need for state regulatory bodies and other agencies to prioritize these complex challenges, feel free to email me at

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