Green the grid with All-Electric Building Act
As a warm and happy inhabitant of a house with an electric heat pump, I fully agree with Lisa Marshall’s comment “Decarbonising with the All-Electric Building Act” of November 17th.
A better headline, however, would have been “Green network with the electrical construction law”. This would better highlight the benefits of electric heating that go well beyond the benefits of the individual homeowner.
While those who can install electric heat pumps can cut costs and live in safer, cleaner homes, the entire community will also benefit from moving away from fossil fuels. Assuming the electricity comes from renewable sources, they emit significantly fewer greenhouse gases.
Since the demand for electrical heat is higher in winter and the consumption of electricity is lower than in summer, the demand becomes more constant throughout the year. This improves the network utilization, from which everyone benefits, including the electricity suppliers, because a more efficient network costs less.
In addition, by stipulating that all new buildings must be supplied with electricity after 2023, the electrical construction law reduces the risk for building owners because they are investing in more efficient and climate-resistant buildings.
What’s not to like about this act? It should be an easy decision for Governor Kathy Hochul to give her full approval, and for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to put her to the vote soon.