REDUCING THE TIMELINE FOR EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT VIA ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ELECTRIFICATION
Lead by Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate Dan Delurey, this project will focus on identifying how the amount of total time needed for delivery of emissions reductions can be reduced. All stages of program and project development will be examined, including policy, design, and implementation. The hypothesis for the Project is two-fold. First, that energy efficiency is still being done on the same timeline that it always has, with no new emissions-focused examination of where it can be reduced. Second, that in examining that timeline, the question of how to insert and embed electrification in energy efficiency efforts should be included. The thinking is that there are changes that can be made that would allow EE and Electrification efforts to be done “faster” which will lead to earlier emissions reductions than at present.
The project is funded by USDOE and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The methodology of the project will be based in part on literature research, but the main vehicle for investigation will be interviews with actors involved in the timeline, including policymakers (State and Federal) utilities, technology companies, EE practitioners, and others.