A Plan to Accelerate Climate Action and Environmental Justice By Investing in Household Electrification at the Local Level
By Adam Zurofsky, Jeffrey Schub, John Rhodes, Tony Curnes, and Sam Calisch, May 2021
Households, and the decisions they make, account for approximately 42 percent of energy related greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Reaching people where they live requires more than just aspirational goals or even generous funding; it requires solutions that will speak to them “at the kitchen table” as well as coordinated strategies for driving results. It also means delivering benefits directly to those households most in need.
"Rewiring Communities," designed in partnership with the Coalition for Green Capital, is a new, innovative proposal focused on delivering the climate, economic and health benefits of household electrification to low-to-moderate income (LMI) families by bringing together the capabilities of local communities and the financial resources and administrative flexibility of the proposed Clean Energy & Sustainability Accelerator (the “Accelerator"). Indeed, the primary purpose of the program is to help LMI households and front line communities through household electrification. Not only are these the households most in need of housing and economic assistance, but they also represent the best opportunities for emissions reductions.
Why Needless Growth Isn't Needed
"Mass electrification of homes to make them more efficient would offer more than 65 million American households more than $27 billion a year in energy bill savings in aggregate, according to Rewiring America."
- Washington Post
Biden Administration Announces New Energy Star Standards, Plans for Emissions Targets for Federal Buildings
"A Rewiring America and Coalition for Green Capital report released Monday found that by switching to heat pumps for space or water heating, 65 million U.S. households could save a total of as much as $27.2 billion a year."
- Coalition for Green Capital
May 18, 2021
New Report: Clean Energy Accelerator Could Create 700,000 New Jobs in Electrification, Drive Energy Savings for 12 Million American Households by 2030
“A new report released today by the Coalition for Green Capital, which is driving the campaign for the national green bank that’s backed by both President Biden and leaders in Congress, and Rewiring America, a leading advocate of decarbonization through electrification, finds a national green bank would create 700,000 new jobs and drive energy savings for 12 million American households by 2030. Critically, the report, 'Rewiring Communities,' lays out a specific plan for more than 90% of green bank funds to benefit low- and moderate-income households, bringing the economic, environmental and health benefits of electrification to families who need them most.”
- The White House
May 17, 2021
FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Accelerates Efforts to Create Jobs Making American Buildings More Affordable, Cleaner, and Resilient
"Independent analysts at the Coalition for Green Capital and Rewiring America issued a report today that shows how the Clean Energy Accelerator proposed in the American Jobs Plan could be used to drive an electrification program to secure energy bill savings of up to $750 per year for nearly 12 million American households (75 percent of which are low- to moderate-income)."