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EXISTING BUILDING ELECTRIFICATION 

The City of Sacramento is developing a pathway to transition existing buildings to carbon-free electricity by 2045. Electrification of existing buildings is a crucial step in the City’s work to achieve carbon neutrality.

Framework for Existing Building Electrification 

On June 1, 2021, the Sacramento City Council adopted a framework for existing building electrification (Resolution No. 2021-0166). The framework defines the timeline and objectives for developing a strategy to transition Sacramento’s existing buildings to electricity by 2045. The framework prioritizes engaging with residents, businesses, and other stakeholders to plan an equitable transition, with a focus on historically marginalized communities of color, low-income communities, and small businesses.  The planning process is underway, and City will deliver an electrification policy roadmap, or strategy, to City Council by summer 2023.

Background

In June 2020, the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) released its final recommendations for the City of Sacramento and City of West Sacramento to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. The recommendations included requiring new construction to be all-electric, in addition to transitioning 25% of existing residential and small commercial buildings to all electric by 2030, and 100% of existing buildings by 2045. In August 2020, the Sacramento City Council embraced the MCCC’s recommendations and directed staff to develop an ordinance for electrification of new construction and a strategy for existing building electrification, with a focus on under-resourced communities. In January 2021, City Council committed to building electrification as a key strategy for the 2040 General Plan and Climate Action and Adaptation Plan update.  

City Council adopted the EV Infrastructure Charging Ordinance on April 20, 2021, and the New Building Electrification Ordinance on June 1, 2021.  The New Building Electrification Ordinance will be heard at City Council on November 29, 2022, to align the Ordinance with the 2022 California Building Standards code.

More work is needed to develop an equitable strategy for existing building electrification. Through the planning process defined in the framework for existing building electrification, City staff will collaborate with community members, SMUD, and consultants to develop an equitable pathway to electrification for existing buildings. 

Resources:

Want to Learn More about how to Electrify your Home or Business?

  • Xerohome:  Learn more about how your home is using energy and how you can make cost effective upgrades to electric appliances.  (The Xerohome platform will be live for Sacramento residents soon - sign up to receive an alert letting you know when it's available)
  • The Switch Is OnLearn more about electrification and get help finding qualified contractors to retrofit your home. 
  • Available SMUD Rebates for Electrification: SMUD provides rebates when you make the switch from gas appliances to electric. 
  • GoGreen Home Energy Financing: Find State-administered financing for home energy upgrades, including electrification projects like heat pump HVACs and water heaters.

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