Advancing Electrification

In 2019, Urban Green Council launched Advancing Electrification, a near-term roadmap for scaling heat pumps in NYC's large multifamily buildings. In Year 1 we identified the obstacles to heat pump retrofits through stakeholder convenings and in-depth research; in Year 2, we published nine recommendations to jumpstart electrification in this sector in our Going Electric report.

As Donovan Gordon, Director, Clean Heating and Cooling at NYSERDA said, “Increasing energy efficiency using clean heating and cooling technology such heat pumps will play a critical role in supporting New York State’s Green New Deal, Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy agenda. We look forward to working with the Advancing Electrification team to develop priorities and make buildings cleaner and healthier for thousands of New Yorkers.”

A critical component to NYC’s long-term emissions reductions, building electrification includes shifting heating and hot water systems to electrical technologies such as heat pumps. This transition is especially important in the multifamily sector, which accounts for more than 30 percent of the city’s carbon emissions from buildings. This groundbreaking work is funded by The Rosin Fund of the Scherman Foundation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Advancing Electrification Advisory Committee

Urban Green has brought together over 30 organizations to guide the priorities and scope of Advancing Electrification. With representation from every market sector, the Advisory Committee will help us develop thoughtful, impactful research and policy. Many thanks to all of our Advisory Committee member organizations:

32 BJ SEIUFirstService ResidentialNational GridP.W. Grosser Consulting
AKF GroupFujitsu General AmericaNational Electrical Contractors AssociationRealty Operations Group
Arup GroupGreen Star Energy SolutionsNatural Resources Defense CouncilRelated Companies
Bright Power, Inc.Joint Industry Board of the Electrical IndustryNew York City Housing AuthorityRudin Management
CarrierLehr EngineeringNortheast Energy Efficiency PartnershipsSanden USA
City College of New YorkThe Levy PartnershipNew York UniversitySteven Winters Associates, Inc.
Consolidated EdisonLocal Union No. 3 I.B.E.W.New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)Trane-Ingersoll Rand
Daikin North AmericaMitsubishiPratt InstituteUA Plumbers Local Union No. 1


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