Menlo Spark releases new report on the benefits of electrification

by Contributed Content on July 21, 2021

Menlo Spark has released a new report:
Gassed Out — How Building Electrification Now Means a Healthy, Prosperous Menlo Park” 

The report covers the benefits of electrification and the steps that Menlo Park can take to phase out methane gas use, while also ensuring affordability for everyone.

The City of Menlo Park adopted a Climate Action Plan one year ago that includes a target to transition most homes and buildings off gas by 2030.

Some key takeaways from the report include:

  • Methane gas contributes almost 40 percent of the carbon pollution in Menlo Park.
  • Children in homes with gas stoves are 42% more likely to develop asthma than those with electric stoves.
  • Utility bills can be up to $800 per year less for all-electric homes than comparable homes that use fossil fuels.
  • Affordable and equitable electrification in Menlo Park is accessible for residents of all income levels through various funding and financing sources, and incentives.
  • Menlo Park’s City Council can ensure that this transition is faster and more equitable through enacting policies including a Reach Code 2.0 and process improvements such as streamlined permitting.

The full report will be available soon. In the meantime a factsheet and other supporting materials can be accessed online here.

Photo of sign in a Menlo Park front yard by Linda Hubbard (c) 2021

3 Comments

Frank July 22, 2021 at 9:53 am

Sorry but until there are electric heaters, tankless water heaters and stovetops that work as well as gad I will stay with the gas versions.

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Frank July 22, 2021 at 9:56 am

Btw, do the numbers cited here take into account the pollution generated when creating the electrical power and the amount of pollution and waste generated in making the electrical appliances that the city wants us to replace our gas appliances with. Somehow I doubt they’ve bothered to factor any of that in.

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Ole Agesen July 24, 2021 at 8:30 am

Peninsula Clean Energy and BayREN runs rebate programs that offer up to $2500 to San Mateo County residents when they replace a methane water heater with an electric heat pump water heater. We made this conversion earlier this year and are very happy with the result.

Link to the program (ends Sept. 30):

https://www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/heat-pump-water-heater/

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