In the late 1990s, the New York City public housing authority, NYCHA, challenged manufacturers to design a new energy-efficient refrigerator. While suburban homeowners had their pick of energy-saving fridges, no one was selling an efficient model that was small enough for a typical urban apartment.
“We’re here today due to a simple and powerful truth: furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters emit more carbon in NYC than all uses of electricity combined,” said John Mandyck, CEO of Urban Green Council. “This law begins to change that reality — to tackle our largest source of carbon — so we get to the climate future we want with better air to breathe.”
Con Edison, along with proponents like Urban Green Council, a nonprofit group that promotes sustainable building, argued in Council hearings that the city’s grid could handle the increase, partly because its biggest strains come in summer, from air conditioning.
“Furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters emit more carbon in New York City than all uses of electricity combined today, so electrifying those systems becomes our biggest way to fight climate change,” said John Mandyck, CEO of the Urban Green Council.
Co-op and condo boards will soon face momentous decisions on how to reduce their buildings’ carbon emissions to avoid stiff fines under the city’s Climate Mobilization Act. In a new report called Grid Ready, Urban Green Council offers the encouraging news that the city’s electric grid is ready to handle increasing demand if co-op and condo boards start switching from fossil fuel-fired boilers to electric heat pumps.