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Viewpoint: Decarbonize with the All-Electric Building Act – 2021 11 17 Op Ed by Lisa Marshall in the Albany Times-Union – “In a recent press statement, Gov. Kathy Hochul said, ‘buildings are the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in New York state, and we need to ramp up tangible solutions that decarbonize buildings faster to fight climate change.’ She’s right. The technology exists to kick fossil fuels out of buildings. There is simply no good reason a building built in New York today should be connected to the gas system.” Full Op Ed here.
Nearly Half of NYC Buildings Fail to Make the Green Grade – By Samantha Maldonado – Dec 2, 2021, -in The City – “The second annual report card for 20,000 structures — from pre-war apartment complexes to skyscrapers — showed modest improvements. But the most popular mark was again “D,” even as the pandemic skewed power usage… Across the city, nearly 20% of buildings 25,000 square feet or larger received A grades, compared with about 16% in 2020, the data shows. ‘Building owners care so much. We’ve never seen anything have as high an impact,’ said Donnel Baird, CEO of the company Blocpower, which upgrades buildings for improved energy efficiency, mainly through electrification. ‘Even the threat of fines has not created as much of a reaction as these letter grades on the front of the buildings.’ ” Full article here (tip from 2021 12 03 – City & State First Read)