New York City, New York
Population: 8.5 Million
New York City is the largest city in the United States, with more than 8.5 million residents and more than one million buildings. In 2014, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio committed to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2050 (80x50). The city estimates that to achieve 80x50, every building must reduce energy use by 40% to 60%. Over half of these buildings must also convert to high-efficiency electric heating, and more than 90% will need to electrify their domestic hot water.
Through detailed market segmentation, the city identified over 175,000 small residential buildings that are the best candidates for heating electrification in the near-term based on a combination of technical, market, and socio-demographic characteristics. The city partnered with its electric and gas utility, Consolidated Edison, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Mitsubishi Electric, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat pumps, to complete market research to develop coordinated engagement programs for customers and contractors in the city.
In 2019, New York City began working with BEI to develop workforce development strategies that help ensure that the economic benefits from the transition toward building electrification are equitably distributed. This will include developing program and partnership options to help increase participation from minority- and women-owned businesses in potential new programs and build a growing pipeline of trained HVAC contractors to meet the City’s long-term goals. New York City is also developing new programs and options to encourage electrification, including through the City’s groundbreaking Building Emissions Law that requires large buildings to meet an emissions performance threshold. By working to unlock New York City’s huge market for building electrification, these efforts can help accelerate the long-term transformation away from fossil fuel use in buildings across the country.