To cut carbon, Eugene seeks path to electric future

Eugene City Council is looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when heating or cooling buildings. One option is to phase out natural gas, a fossil fuel.

The city council is considering installing electrical heating and cooling systems in all new buildings. However, there are concerns about EWEB’s capacity to provide electricity to the entire city. And Eugene is negotiating with Northwest Natural about its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

“This council seeks to drive electrification and decarbonization in a very thoughtful, thoughtful and successful way,” said Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis. “We want to advance this work.”

Vinis said she expected this topic to dominate their talks in 2022. At their working session on Wednesday on their climate protection plan, the council instructed employees to draw up a roadmap to eliminate CO2 energy consumption by 2045.

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